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  • Mali to host conference on organ transplant
    03 december 2008 21:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The first African conference on the transplant of organs b egins on Thursday in the Malian capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigeria orders antidote as death toll from teething mixture rises
    03 december 2008 13:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The death toll from the contaminated teething mixture, 'My Pikin', in Nigeria has reached 34, even as the regulatory National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it had ordered an antidote to the killer drug. Full text...

  • Mozambican public service suffering effects of HIV/AIDS
    02 december 2008 18:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The public service in Mozambique is seriously suffer ing the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic which translates into high levels of mo r tality and absenteeism and makes it difficult to meet planned targets, according to the Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Eduardo Nhampossa. Full text...

  • Botswana President expresses fear over sustainability of ARV
    02 december 2008 16:22:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Lt. Full text...

  • Documentary on HIV/AIDS for launch in Senegal, Switzerland
    02 december 2008 16:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The association of Partnership for Child Development, with the support of the World Bank, will launch simultaneously in Senegal and Switze r land, a documentary from the book: "Courage and Hope: The Story of sub-Saharan H I V Positive Teachers". Full text...

  • More HIV patients in Benin benefit from ARVs
    02 december 2008 03:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The number of HIV-positive people with access to antiret roviral drugs (ARVs) in Benin leapt from 400 in 2002 to 11,350 last September, a c cording to official figures published on Monday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • 2,798 Moroccans suffering from AIDS
    01 december 2008 21:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- About 2,798 Moroccans have been afflicted by the dreaded AIDS disease since 1986, sources close to the Moroccan health ministry told PAN A here Monday. Full text...

  • Congo records 500 new cases of cancer every year
    01 december 2008 19:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo records an average of 500 new cases of cancer every year, according to Dr. Full text...

  • PROMETRA launches 5 traditional products against HIV/AIDS
    01 december 2008 18:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Association for the Promotion of Tradi tional Medicines (PROMETRA) and the University Morehouse School of Medicine of A t lanta in Georgia, US, here Monday launched five products against the virus of th e HIV/AIDS, in the form of plants powder coming from four African countries. Full text...

  • US fought HIV/AIDS in Nigeria with US$ 1 billion – Ambassador
    01 december 2008 17:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US embassy in Nigeria says it disbursed over US$ 1 b illion to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in the past four years, p romising more funds in the coming year, according to its ambassador, Robin Renee Sanders. Full text...

  • UNAIDS commends DRC for fight against AIDS
    01 december 2008 17:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AI DS, has commended the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) "for h aving made progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, " Dr. Full text...

  • Mozambique launches new HIV preventive strategy
    01 december 2008 16:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday launc hed a new "Strategy to Accelerate Prevention of HIV Infection" in the country. Full text...

  • Drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Botswana
    01 december 2008 15:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Seven cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB ) have been reported in the mining town of Selibe Phikwe in the northern part of Botswana, Monday's edition of the Mmegi Monitor newspaper reported. Full text...

  • African leaders urged to scale up resources against HIV/AIDS
    01 december 2008 15:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Stakeholders and political leaders have been charged to allocate more resources towards stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, providing care, support and treatment to the 33 million people said to be living with the diseas e in 2007, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Koroma urges Sierra Leoneans to know HIV status
    01 december 2008 13:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma has urged all Sierra Leoneans to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as the World AIDS Day is observed in the country and around the world. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cholera death toll 425 - government
    01 december 2008 13:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Monday that a raging nationwide cholera outbreak had killed more than 400 people, and infected at least 11,000 others. Full text...

  • Mauritius to toughen anti-smoking law
    29 november 2008 11:45:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government is to toughen the law ag ainst smoking beginning 1 March 2009 through the adoption of new regulations, a r eliable source told PANA on Saturday at the end of a cabinet meeting. Full text...

  • Cholera fears in Botswana allayed
    28 november 2008 19:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A public health specialist at the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown, Botswana's second largest city, has allayed fears abou t a cholera outbreak shortly after the disease claimed about 300 lives in neighbo r ing Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • China gives Zimbabwe US$ .5 million cholera vaccines
    28 november 2008 14:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- China announced Friday it would give cholera-plagued Z imbabwe vaccines worth US$ 500,000 to help the country contain an outbreak of th e disease which has claimed the lives of about 400 people in recent weeks. Full text...

  • Nigeria teething mixture deaths: Chemical component supplier arrested
    28 november 2008 07:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested the chemical dealer who supplied the poisonous chemical to the manufacturer of a teething mixture, blamed for the deaths of at least 29 children in the country, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia embarks on campaign for blood donation
    27 november 2008 19:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – Gambia’s health officials have started a weeklong campai gn of ‘National Blood Donor Day Programme’, calling on the general public to don a te blood, health sources here informed PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Teething mixture crisis: Death toll rises, drug control agency blamed
    27 november 2008 16:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The death toll from the teething mixture which was banned in Nigeria Tuesday has risen from 25 to at least 29, as some teaching hospitals blame the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for licensing the drug in the first instance. Full text...

  • EU grants 2 million euros for West Africa's health sector
    26 november 2008 14:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The European Union Commission is to grant 2 million euro s to West African countries to better prepare the region to react efficiently to the epidemics of cholera, meningitis and yellow fever, according to a communiqué of the institution. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nurses, doctors vow to stay on strike
    26 november 2008 14:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nurses and junior doctors in Zimbabwe Wednesday vowed to remain on strike until the government gave in to their demands for foreign cu r rency-pegged salaries, better working conditions and other incentives. Full text...

  • 'Condom offers 95% protection against HIV if...'
    26 november 2008 13:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Condom, if used properly and consistently, offers 95% protection against HIV, the head of Nigeria's National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. Full text...

  • 'Voluntary annual testing, immediate treatment may slow HIV epidemics'
    26 november 2008 09:07:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- A mathematical model developed by a group of specialists in the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that using annual, universal voluntary HIV testing, followed by immediate Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) - irrespective of clinical stage or CD4 count - reduces new cases by 95% within 10 years. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans 'teething mixture' after death of 25 children
    25 november 2008 21:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Tuesday announced the ban of a teething mixture produced by an indigenous company, Barewa pharmaceuticals based in the commercial city of Lagos, after it was blamed for the death of 25 children. Full text...

  • US funds efforts to curb Ethiopian population growth
    25 november 2008 18:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US has launched a US$ 50 million health plan, aimed at curbing Ethiopia's population explosion through a series of schemes, i n cluding controlled hospital deliveries, to target some 43 million people here. Full text...

  • Harare should declare national health emergency, says Oxfam
    25 november 2008 16:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The government of Zimbabwe should declare the current ch olera epidemic a national health emergency so that urgent national and internati o nal aids can be mobilised to address the outbreak, international aid agency, Oxf a m, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President resumes medical treatment programme
    25 november 2008 15:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has resumed his controver sial treatment programme with the third batch of over 700 hypertension patients, sources confirmed to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Health sector workers on strike in Burundi
    24 november 2008 19:28:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Doctors and nurses in Burundi Monday began a week-long general strike to protest against administrative delays in implementing a new special status for them. Full text...

  • Nationwide campaign on vitamin A underway in Gambia
    24 november 2008 18:58:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian health officials have launched a nationwide Vita min A campaign to stem the prevalence of infant mortality caused by malnutrition and vitamin A deficiency. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 50 in Zimbabwe in a week
    24 november 2008 14:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Raging cholera killed 50 people and left more than 2,0 00 others sick in southern Zimbabwe last week, a provincial newspaper reported M o nday, quoting health authorities. Full text...

  • More pregnant women in Cameroon under ARV therapy
    21 november 2008 16:36:00
    Yaoundé- Cameroon (PANA) -- Access to the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs by pregnant women in Cameroon has increased considerably, vaulting from 9% in 2006 to 50. Full text...

  • UNFPA tasks Nigeria on maternal mortality
    21 november 2008 07:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UNFPA has tasked Nigeria to address its high maternal mortality rate, put at 800 deaths out of 100,000 mothers at birth yearly, in order to hasten its development. Full text...

  • Sambo seeks urgent action to boost research for better health outcomes
    20 november 2008 14:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Full text...

  • Canadian Red Cross supports Togo's anti-malaria fight
    19 november 2008 13:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Canadian Red Cross has offered Togo a significant number of treated mosquito nets worth about FCFA2 billion, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak reported in southern Congo
    19 november 2008 12:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- At least 26 people are suffering from cholera in the Kinkakassa Village, in the southern Congolese Pool District, a source close to the World Health Organisation(WHO) Regional Office for Africa told PANA here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Egypt says doctors ban to Saudi excludes government hospitals
    18 november 2008 19:56:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian government official in Saudi Arabia has said t hat a recent decision to bar doctors from the North African nation to work in Sa u di does not apply to those who are employed in government hospitals. Full text...

  • WHO urges govt to prioritise health research
    18 november 2008 17:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments to prioritize health research and include of health in the policies of all government ministries and departments. Full text...

  • Malian President calls for investment in scientific research
    18 november 2008 17:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has said Africa should invest in scientific research and technological innovation , as experience in both developed and developing countries has shown this is key to ensuring the health, political and economic futureof people. Full text...

  • CDC confirms outbreak of Botulism in Uganda
    18 november 2008 11:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A poisonous bacterial infection known as Botulism has broken out in Uganda, the US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed after tests done on a high school student who died last month. Full text...

  • Britain gives Nigeria 100m pounds to fight AIDS
    18 november 2008 07:38:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The British government has pledged to give Nigeria 100 million pounds sterling to lift the African nation's battle against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • World forum on health research opens in Bamako
    17 november 2008 18:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The World forum on health research opened Monday in Bamako with over 840 participants, including ministers of health, researchers and repr e sentatives of institutions involved in health research, participating, an offici a l source told PANA. Full text...

  • Cholera persists in Zimbabwe, death toll rises
    17 november 2008 12:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe admitted Monday they ha ve failed to bring a cholera outbreak in the capital, Harare, which has claimed 3 7 lives, under control amid a rising death toll. Full text...

  • Botswana tribe to resume make circumcision to fight HIV/AIDS
    16 november 2008 10:18:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Bakgatla tribe of Botswana is to resume its age-long but abandoned tradition of male circumcision, after scientific studies revealed that circumcised males are less likely to be infected with HIV than their uncircumcised counterparts. Full text...

  • Doctors worried at delivery of deformed children in Katanga
    15 november 2008 19:47:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) – Health officials in Lu-bumbashi, the capital of Katan ga province in DR Congo, say they are alarmed at the rate of children being born with deformities. Full text...

  • Mauritius introduce 10-point programme to combat diabetes
    14 november 2008 11:21:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Raj esh Jeetah announced Friday a 10-point programme to combat Type 1 diabetes in children. Full text...

  • Meningitis outbreak claims 10 lives in Ghana
    14 november 2008 10:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An outbreak of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has claimed 10 lives, medical and political officials confirmed on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya braces for imminent outbreak of Rift Valley Fever
    13 november 2008 08:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan animal health authorities have issued an alert over an imminent outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in the country's North Eastern region bordering Ethiopia and Somalia. Full text...

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