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In a bid to achieve a seamless coronavirus vaccination campaign amongst its populace, the Nigerian government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says it has set-up a self e-registration link that will enable Nigerians personally register themselves, obtain their pre-vaccination numbers, and schedule their preferred date and time for vaccination.

Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director/CEO, NPHCDA, who made this known in a statement, noted that the e-registration link will be provided in the coming days to ensure efficient and effective vaccination activities.

While expressing government preparedness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the country, Mr. Shuaib disclosed that its agency has rolled out a nationwide training programme for health care workers that will be involved in the COVID-19 vaccination at the national and state levels.

According to him, the training involves participants from the national, state, and local government levels, and by March 1, 2021, the training will be cascaded to the ward and facility levels where over 100,000 health workers will be trained.

The NPHCDA boss also added that over 13,000 health care workers have been trained at the national training of trainers in the first phase.

“The training programme is aimed at updating the skills of the health care workers in the effective handling, storage, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines ahead of their arrival” the statement read.

He, therefore, enjoined Nigerians, particularly health care workers nationwide to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Federal Government to protect themselves and curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a bid to achieve a seamless coronavirus vaccination campaign amongst its populace, the Nigerian government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says it has set-up a self e-registration link that will enable Nigerians personally register themselves, obtain their pre-vaccination numbers, and schedule their preferred date and time for vaccination. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director/CEO, NPHCDA, who made this known in a statement, noted that the e-registration link will be provided in the coming days to ensure efficient and effective vaccination activities. While expressing government preparedness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the country, Mr. Shuaib disclosed that its agency

Violence erupted on Tuesday, 24th of February in Niger after the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) declared former interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote in the Presidential elections with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane garnered 44.25 percent. Ousmane however disputed the result claiming he narrowly won with 50.3 percent of the vote. Niger's Interior Minister, Alkache Alhada, told reporters on Thursday that lives were lost and hundreds arrested in the unrest that arose in the country. He noted that about 468 arrests had been made “including certain politicians” whom he did not identify. Opposition figure, Hama Amadou has

On the 24th of February, Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure saying, “the issue of the criminality of LGBTQ is non-negotiable and our cultural practices also frown on it” Ghana’s Catholic church bishops’ conference had also released a statement last Saturday demanding the LGBTQ rights center be shut down and condemned “all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana” Same-sex relationships are considered illegal in Ghana attracting up to 25 years in prison, however, according to Human Rights Watch,

The World Health Organization’s global vaccine sharing scheme COVAX delivered its first COVID-19 shots to Ghana, as the race to get doses to the world’s poorest people and tame the pandemic accelerates. A flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India landed in Ghana’s capital Accra, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), said in a joint statement. The delivery comes almost a year after the WHO first described the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic and eight months after the launch of the COVAX initiative, aimed at

Senegal became the first West African country to begin its coronavirus vaccination campaign after government officials, health workers and its health ministry receives shots of China’s Sinopharm in Dakar. The West African country began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Tuesday with 200,000 doses that it purchased from China’s Sinopharm, which it received last week. Also Read : Senegal takes delivery of 200,000 China's Sinopharm vaccine Senegal is one of the first in the region to start vaccinating its population against COVID-19; as it has so far recorded over 33,099 cases and 814 deaths from the disease. As a lower-middle-income country, Senegal is eligible

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and two other people have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC, the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement. According to the statement, the Ambassador and the two soldiers were killed while traveling in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of the statement reads: "It is with deep sorrow that the Foreign Ministry confirms the death today in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policeman

The United Arab Emirates recently issued a statement expressing grave concern over the situation in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, due to the violence and excessive use of force against civilians. At least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly civilians, were wounded on Friday in violent protests over the country’s delayed election. Commenting on recent clashes between Somali government forces and opposition groups, the UAE statement accused Somalia of using excessive force against civilians and called its government an “interim government.” This statement, however, was met with backlash from the Somali government. "The UAE statement is inconsistent with

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program will unlock up to US$2 billion in loans to women-owned SMEs on the continent. The African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program has agreed to a partnership with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to unlock $1.3 to 2 billion in loans to women-owned Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises(SMEs) in Africa, by working with financial institutions to enhance their ability to lend to women. This marks the launch of AFAWA’s Guarantee for Growth (G4G) program, which aims to make available up to US$3 billion

The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday appealed to Tanzania to take “robust action” against COVID-19 in the country, where the president has long played down the virus. President John Magufuli has claimed coronavirus has been fended off by prayer in Tanzania and refused to take tough measures to curb its spread. But a recent spate of deaths attributed to pneumonia has struck both members of the public and government officials. And Magufuli on Friday appeared to admit the coronavirus was circulating in his country after months of denial. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a number of Tanzanians traveling to neighbouring

As part of a strategic gesture towards tackling the threat posed by insecurity within the borders of Nigeria and Benin-Republic, the government of both countries has agreed to enter a treaty targeted at stemming the tide of criminality, arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and other trans-border crime. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, while speaking to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with his Benin Republic counterpart, Aurelien Agbenonci said that both countries are putting measures in place to address their mutual challenges of trans-border crime. According to Onyeama: “The meeting we just had was a follow up to the meeting that President

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.