The Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Hon. Daniel Botwe has presented two thousand, four hundred and fifty (2,450) mobile tablets and eight vehicles to the Births and Deaths Registry to facilitate and improve upon the registration of births and deaths across the country.
The mobile tablets and vehicles were from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), through the efforts of the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia, under the Harmonizing and Improving Statistics in West Africa Project (HISWAP) funded by the World Bank, a project to strengthen the statistical systems in the West African sub-region.
Launching the Mobile Mass Registration campaign, Hon. Daniel Botwe was hopeful that the logistics to the Registry would help improve statistics in both births and deaths fields.
He noted that in 2021, the Registry recorded 80% births and only 17% deaths, outlining that the registration of the later is the greatest constraints in the record system due to the low importance attached to it.
He emphasised that Section 32 (4) of the Registration of the Births and Deaths Act 2020 (1027 ) required that a person who conducts burial shall inspect the death certificate and burial permit before proceeding with the burial, which mandates everyone to comply.
He therefore entreated the media which he described as key stakeholders in publicizing the activities of the Registry in the mobile mass campaign especially at the sub-district level to partner with the Registry to educate and sensitise the public on the issuance of certificates, the verification of registration of births and deaths, search of records of births and deaths as well as the issuance of burial permit.
Source: MLGDRD Public Relations Unit