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  • Guinea: 4 die from Ebola fever in Guinea
    25 may 2014 08:33:05
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Four persons died recently in Macenta (south of Guinea), some 900 km from the capital, following infections from the viral fever Ebola, Dr. Sakhoba Kéita, Head of Division of Prevention and Struggle against Diseases at the Guinean Health Ministry, revealed Saturday to PANA. Full text...

  • US: UN urges more global efforts end to obstetric fistula
    23 may 2014 16:20:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Friday called for concerted efforts to eradicate the Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt, IBM to provide improved access to life saving drugs
    23 may 2014 11:52:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - American multinational technology company IBM has announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 lifesaving drugs. Full text...

  • Nigeria: When villagers say ‘No More Open Defecation’ (Feature by Buki Ponle, PANA Special Correspondent)
    23 may 2014 07:43:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The children of Abule Oke Akeju farming community in Odeda Local Government Area of Nigeria's South-west Ogun State have cause to rejoice, especially when visitors call. So does their community head, 52-year-old Chief Akanmu Karimu. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt., IBM, others provide improved access to life-saving drugs
    22 may 2014 15:09:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - IBM on Thursday announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 life-saving drugs., according to a press statement issued here by donors. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Biolarvicide application launch to boost ECOWAS war against malaria
    22 may 2014 09:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With the planned launch of the application of anti-mosquito biolarvicide product at Aflao on the Ghana-Togo border 28 May, the ECOWAS Day, the war by the regional bloc against malaria is set to achieve a major milestone. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa disease-burden rises amid health workers shortage
    21 may 2014 15:17:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa is facing a shortage of one million health professionals amid rising disease burden, the head of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Report warns on synthetic drugs flooding markets
    20 may 2014 22:41:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report on Tuesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that an unprecedented flooding of synthetic drugs is taking an ever-greater share of the illicit drugs market. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to give 25m euro yearly for vaccination campaign in poor countries
    20 may 2014 12:50:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union is to give 25 million euros yearly between 2014 and 2020 to finance vaccination campaigns in poor countries. Full text...

  • Guinea: 'Malaria, socio-economic scourge in Guinea'
    20 may 2014 09:06:05
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Malaria remains the main cause of hospitalisation (34 per cent) and deaths (14.3 per cent) in Guinea, making the disease a socio-economic scourge, Dr Souleymane Diakité of the National Programme for the Struggle against Malaria (PNLP) told PANA. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Juba on cholera alert as donors pledge funds
    19 may 2014 15:58:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International humanitarian organziation (OXFAM) has warned that as rains cut off humanitarian access and increase risk of the spread of disease, increased donor funding is critical to saving lives in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Switzerland: World Health Assembly opens
    19 may 2014 09:52:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The 67th World Health Organization’s annual assembly, called the World Health Assembly, opens in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, with more than 3,000 delegates expected to attend. Full text...

  • Guinea: Health officials say no new case of Ebola registered in Guinea
    18 may 2014 06:42:12
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinea's Health Ministry said on Saturday that no new case of the Ebola disease was registered in the country as at the weekend, underlining the huge efforts made by the government to fight the disease. Full text...

  • Mali: France grants 2 million Euros for Mali maternal health research
    16 may 2014 22:08:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The French Development Agency (AFD) and the University of Science and Technology in Bamako on Friday in Bamako signed an agreement for 2 million Euros (1.3 billion CFAF) for research into improving maternal and neonatal health through the fight against malaria and the training of researchers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Oxfam says dozens of cases of cholera confirmed in South Sudan
    16 may 2014 19:44:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international NGO, Oxfam, says at least 18 cases of cholera have been confirmed in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli hospital gets nuclear medicine department
    16 may 2014 09:41:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A nuclear medicine department equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment, has opened at the Tripoli Hospital, in a major move to reduce the overseas' evacuation of Libyan patients. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Cote d'Ivoire features in UNAIDS campaign against HIV/AIDS at FIFA World Cup
    16 may 2014 09:35:49
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has indicated his country's willingness to be involved in UNAIDS sensitisation campaign, ''Protect the Goal'', that will be launched at next month's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Libya: 'No Corona-virus in Libya'
    16 may 2014 09:22:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - No cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome Corona-virus (MERS-Cov), which is ravaging many countries, has been recorded in Libya, according to the director of the Libyan Centre for the Control of Diseases Bedreddine Najjar. Full text...

  • Senegal: No midwife was sent to Qatar - Minister
    15 may 2014 18:03:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese Health and Social Action Minister, Mrs Awa Marie Colle Seck, Thursday denied that the government planned to send Senegalese midwives to Qatar under a medical cooperation agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegalese govt. to recruit 1,000 health workers annually
    15 may 2014 17:19:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of its efforts to deal with maternal and child mortality, the Senegalese government has announced plans to recruit 1,000 health workers, including 500 midwives, this year, according to the Senegalese Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Mrs. Awa Marie Colle Seck. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Three African nations register large gains in life expectancy
    15 may 2014 11:45:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Three sub-Sahara African countries - Liberia, Ethiopia and Rwanda - are among the world’s top six where life expectancy has increased the most, according to World Health Statistics 2014 published Thursday by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir undergoes surgery
    12 may 2014 13:26:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir late on Sunday underwent a successful knee surgery in a Khartoum private hospital. Full text...

  • Guinea: UNDP offers US$200,000 to Guinea to fight Ebola
    08 may 2014 20:32:49
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released US$200,000 to Guinea to fight the dreaded Ebola disease, which broke out in January in the country and has claimed the lives for over 90 victims. Full text...

  • US: Global improvement recorded in access to drinking water
    08 may 2014 18:05:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Most of the 748 million people who still use unimproved drinking water sources live in Africa, despite the improvement recorded since 1990 in the number of people who have gained access to drinking water from improved sources, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Full text...

  • UN: WHO highlights dangers of air pollution
    07 may 2014 19:35:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday warned that urban dwellers are being exposed to excessive air pollution and are at a risk of respiratory diseases and other long-term health problems. Full text...

  • WEFA: USAID, Nigeria announce US$20m assistance to prevent child, maternal mortality
    07 may 2014 15:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), taking advantage of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) here, Wednesday announced a US$20 million scheme to provide affordable financing options and increase capacity in Nigeria’s primary healthcare system. Full text...

  • Switzerland/WHO: Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities
    07 may 2014 13:15:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems, WHO has said. Full text...

  • Mali: National family planning campaign launched in Mali
    06 may 2014 19:48:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, Ousmane Koné, on Tuesday launched the 10th edition of the national family planning campaign which would focus on the youth. Full text...

  • UN: 'Africa carries most burden of maternal deaths'
    06 may 2014 14:18:31
    New York, PANA (PANA) - Six of the 10 countries that carry most of the burden of maternal deaths in the world are from Africa, according to highlights from the newly-published report, ''Trends in maternal mortality estimates 1990 to 2013''. Full text...

  • UN: '45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990'
    06 may 2014 13:53:18
    New York, US (PANA) - New United Nations data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: WHO warns on polio resurgence
    05 may 2014 17:24:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the spread of polio in countries where it was once eradicated is an "extraordinary event and unless an international coordinated response is urgently put in place, the preventable disease will resurge. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO tasks health workers on hygiene
    04 may 2014 08:14:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of Hand Hygiene Day which is observed globally on 5 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged health workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Trade unionist wants "beer tax" to fund HIV treatment in Cameroon
    01 may 2014 17:04:22
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroonian trade unionist, René Bernard Ekédi, has asked the government to impose a tax worth 50 FCFA on each bottle of beer sold to fund the struggle against HIV/Aids in the country, indicating that about 12 million of bottle of beers are consumed yearly in Cameroon, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says antibiotic resistance 'serious threat' to global public health
    30 april 2014 20:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday released a report saying that antibiotic resistance is now a major threat to global public health. Full text...

  • Mauritius: One case of malaria detected in "malaria-free" Mauritius
    29 april 2014 16:12:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – One case of malaria was detected at the beginning of the week in Mauritius, where the disease has long been eradicated, the Mauritian Health Ministry announced Tuesday in a communique. Full text...

  • Switzerland/WHO: WHO convenes Emergency Committee on polio
    28 april 2014 13:45:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, is convening an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations to advise on whether the current developments on the spread of poliovirus constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, PANA reported Monday, quoting the WHO. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt struggles to modernise public health services
    28 april 2014 11:23:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Health and Social Welfare Minister Seif Rashid has lamented the dearth of cardiologists to run the new ultramodern Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which signposts the country's progress in modernising its medical services. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Report warns of looming tobacco epidemic in Africa
    26 april 2014 16:20:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – There is the urgent need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to prevent a looming tobacco epidemic in Africa to safeguard the future well being of the continent, according to a report released by the Network of African Science Academies. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal celebrates World Malaria Day
    25 april 2014 15:08:47
    Richard Toll, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese health authorities, celebrating this year's World Malaria Day on Friday, moved the party to Richard Toll, a town located 317 km north of Dakar that was chosen for the good results achieved in the fight against this scourge in 2013. Full text...

  • US: UN marks World Malaria Day, with calls for near zero preventable deaths
    25 april 2014 14:40:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Friday said the tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but said a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbreaks and resurgences. Full text...

  • Mali: 'Malaria claimed more than 1,600 lives in 2013'
    24 april 2014 21:23:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malaria killed 1,643 people in Mali in 2013, Dr Diakaridia Koné, Director of the the national malaria programme, said on Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Tunis: Japan gives Tunisia 10 billion Yen loan for sanitation
    24 april 2014 20:04:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian national constituent assembly on Thursday ratified a 10.87 billion-yen loan from Japan to finance a project to improve water works and sanitation in the water treatment stations in several Tunisian regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan, Nigeria to sign deal on polio eradication
    24 april 2014 18:41:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Japanese government on Thursday said that it is ready to begin the disbursement of US$85 million loan to assist Nigeria to eradicate the polio menace. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WHO launches first-ever manual to track malaria in Africa
    24 april 2014 12:24:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a manual on malaria prevention aimed at helping countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, to assess the technical, operational and financial feasibility of moving towards disease elimination, the global health body said in a statement issued on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz lays foundation stone for virology, hepatitis institute
    23 april 2014 16:52:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the country's national virology and hepatitis institute, PANA reported, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Congo: Vaccination campaign against rotavirus diarrhea launched
    23 april 2014 13:10:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A week-long vaccination campaign for infants against rotavirus diarrhea epidemic began Tuesday in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Guinea: 61 persons dead, 23 hospitalized with Ebola
    20 april 2014 09:09:33
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Sixty-one people have died in Guinea from the Ebola disease since the beginning of the year, while 23 others are in hospital, according to Dr. Sakoba Kéita, head of the health services at the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNAIDS Executive Director arrives in Mauritius
    18 april 2014 15:31:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Michel Sidibé, arrived in Mauritius late Thursday for a five-day official visit, PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Congo: African Vaccination Week proves its worth (WHO/AFRO FEATURES)
    18 april 2014 10:26:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - If any doubts ever existed about the wisdom or benefits of instituting the African Vaccination Week (AVW), the celebration of the 3rd edition in the Region in 2013 very eloquently cleared such doubts. Full text...

  • Angola: African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to be established
    18 april 2014 10:01:04
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - African Health Ministers have rounded off a two-day meeting in Luanda with an agreement to establish the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to avert the high death and sickness associated with severe public health events, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

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