The Births and Deaths Registry has launched this year’s Mass Mobile Registration exercise in Accra to improve and encourage early infant registration and publicise its services nationwide.
The exercise held annually was initiated by the Births and Deaths Registry in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) in 2004 to sensitise the public on the importance of birth and death registration.
It is to make births and deaths registration accessible to the public, and to issue free birth certificates to children between the ages of zero to 12 months nationwide.
In 2021, 80 per cent and 17 per cent of birth and death registrations were recorded respectively.
This year’s exercise, which will start from July to December in all 16 regions and the 261 districts across the country, would involve mass media awareness through public address systems, and radio and television discussions.
There would also be community and stakeholder engagements in local dialects through local media communications, including mobile registration vans, community information centres, announcement at churches and mosques to mobilise residents for the exercise.
Registration officers at the Regional and District levels would collaborate with the District Assemblies to ensure a wider coverage for a successful exercise, with monitoring teams from the National Office and MLGDRD.
The Registry received 2,450 tablets from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President and presented them to the 16 Regional Registrars to enhance their operations. -GNA