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22.07.2004 General News

70% of new births not registered

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It has been 100 years since the registration of births and deaths began in Ghana. In spite of this, over 70 per cent of the children born in Ghana today go unregistered.

This is due to the widespread lack of understanding of the importance of registration, and to the under-funding of the agency responsible for maintaining the register.

These observations were contained in a speech read for the Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning, Dr Nii Noi Ashong, during a two-day meeting held in Accra yesterday to discuss how to improve and strengthen Ghana's civil registration system.

Twenty-nine participants, drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the central government and other users of registration data, are attending the workshop, which was organised by the Statistical Services Department with support from UNICEF.

Dr Ashong underscored the importance of statistics in development planning, especially in the areas of health, education and social services that benefit infants, adolescents and women of reproductive age in particular.