15th National Births and Deaths Registration Day Celebration held in Agona Nkwanta

Some mothers registering their children

Some mothers registering their children

The 15th National Births and Deaths Registration Day Celebration has been observed at Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region.

It was on the theme “Early Births and Deaths Registration: The Key to Providing a Legal Identity for All.”

In a speech read on behalf, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, said, the celebration was being held in the Ahanta West Municipality because of the low births and deaths registration coverage in the area.

She said the durbar would inform the local people on the importance of the registration of births and deaths and would help them comply.

Hajia Mahama stated that the registration of births and deaths generated demographic indices required for policy formulation and national development planning as well as provides the individual citizen, with valid registration documents that would help define their legal rights and status in society.

She said since the first birth and death registration (BDR) celebration in 2004, the national birth registration coverage had increased from 17 per cent to 64 per cent per annum while that of deaths registration had been around 20 per cent.

The Minister said that the sensitisation going on would make further improvements to achieve the projected target of 70 per cent registration coverage for 2018 which would be nearer the internationally recognised standard of 90 per cent coverage levels for births and deaths.

The Registrar of Birth and Death, Rev Asare Addo said the first registration of the birth and death in Ghana was done in 1912 and the child died after a few hours prompting the registration of the death.

He said September 1, has been marked as the appropriate day for the celebration of the births and deaths registration.

He said the registration of births and deaths was compulsory in Ghana and it was the primary responsibility of parents to report the birth of their children for their registration.

There were fraternal messages from United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ghana Statistical Service, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service and others.

FROM PETER GBAMBILA, AGONA NKWANTA.

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