- South Africa Cuts Growth Projection for 2018
South Africa has halved its growth projection for 2018, citing wider budget deficits for the 2018/19 fiscal year and the next two years.
In a medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) released on Tuesday, the Treasury said the economy is weighed upon by recession and shortfalls in tax revenue.
Therefore, projected that the estimated budget deficit for the 2018/2019 fiscal year would widen from 3.6 percent to 4 percent of GDP.
While, the deficit is seen rising to 4.2 in the next two years, according to the Treasury.
Also, the Treasury lowered growth forecast for this year to 0.7 percent, 50 percent of what was previously projected.
South Africa’s economy contracted by 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018 and 0.7 percent in the second quarter of the year due to the weak growth recorded in the agricultural, retail and transport sectors.
Earlier this month, the world bank had lowered South Africa’s growth projection from 1.4 percent to 1 percent, saying Africa’s second-largest economy needs to do more in terms of revenue generation.
In the next three years, tax revenue is expected to underperform significantly.
“In Less Than 24 Hours 2.3 Million Nigerians Registered to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination”- NPHCDA
Over 2 Million Nigerians Have Self-registered for COVID-19 Vaccine on The NPHCDA Online Portal
On Wednesday, Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency boss, Faisal Shuaib, said that over 2 million Nigerians have registered to receive the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
He said, “In less than 24 hours, 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines and the numbers keep increasing,”
According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) tweet on Monday, a healthcare worker, Osindeinde Ademilayo Abodede, was the first person to register for the vaccine. Her appointment has been scheduled for March 12 in Abuja.
The self-registration online portal was launched a day before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country.
The agency said Healthcare workers will be given priority in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
NPHCDA also stated that high priority will be given to “frontline workers” such as members of the military, police, Nigerians who are working at border posts, oil and gas workers, and “strategic leaders.”
Faisal Shuaib said, “As the vaccines arrive in batches due to limited supply we will inform Nigerians about who and where to receive the vaccine,”
“States without a functional airport will have their vaccines transported by road using vans with fitted cold cabins, from the nearest airport,” he added.
Boss Mustapha, Nigeria’s secretary-general urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, and the media to spread the message that vaccinations were needed. “This is a fight for everyone.” He said.
How to Self-register For COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria
COVID-19 Vaccine Self-registration Process in Nigeria
Following the delivery of the 3.92 Million AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria on the 2nd of March, Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has launched an online self-registration portal for COVID-19 vaccine registration.
How to register
Nigerians who want to self-register for the AstraZeneca vaccine can visit the NPHCDA’s portal for registration.
What do you need to fill the form?
To fill the vaccination form, you need your basic information: full name, contact phone number, email address, date of birth, sex, a form of ID, a residential address including states, LGA of residence, and ward of residence.
You are also required to select your preferred vaccination site from the listed available vaccination site in your area and upload a photograph. The form asks if you work in the health sector and if you have any medical conditions or a history of allergies.
Finally, you are required to type in a code and this completes your registration process.
You should receive a message that your registration has been completed. You will also be issued a vaccination ID. The message goes thus:
“Registration Completed! Your Vaccination ID is: XXXX
Your data is successfully received.
Thank you for taking the time to fill the form, you will receive an SMS and email shortly containing your Vaccination No. and other instructions.”
Who is eligible to receive the vaccination?
Healthcare workers top the list of people who will receive the vaccine first. Away from them, the NPHCDA said it will prioritize “frontline workers – the military, police, oil and gas workers, customs workers, and strategic leaders.”
Under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) scheme, Nigeria will be the third African country to receive a vaccine, after Ghana and Ivory Coast.
It is reported that the vaccine will be administered without charges and the country is expected to receive a total of 16million free doses from COVAX in the coming months.
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