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15.05.2004 Regional News

Birth and Deaths Department calls for assistance

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Begoro (E/R), May 15, GNA - The Eastern Regional Director of Births and Deaths Department, Mr Abdul Karim, has called on the government to provide sufficient logistics and manpower resources to the department to work effectively.

Making the call at the Eastern Regional launch of child health promotion week at Begoro, he said lack of logistics and manpower resources have crippled the department since its operation a century ago. He said at present the national coverage of births is only 25 percent, which, he described as inadequate.

Mr Karim asked nursing mothers to register their children between ages of zero and 12 months free of charge with the department and keep their birth certificates safely. He urged pregnant women to desist from delivering at home but at hospitals to gain access to birth certificate for the new born babies. Madam Beatrice Opokua from Osino, Madam Sarah Konor from Ahomahomasu and Madam Matilda Dzanfosu from Begoro, who are all nursing mothers received the best mother award in the district.

They each received child-care materials for taking proper care of their babies. Osabarima Awuah Kotoko, II, Begorohene, who chaired the function commended the government for attaching prominence to the welfare of children.