Vice President Boakai Wants Every New Born Child Registered

Friday, 30th July 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling on parents to take advantage of decentralized universal birth registration and certification of children below five years.

Vice President Boakai made the call Friday when he deputized for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the official launching ceremony of the decentralized universal birth registration and certification system in Liberia at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.

He said many people in Liberia today were not fortunate to have their birth dates and places recorded and as such they grew up without knowing where and when they were born.

He then urged Liberians to take advantage of this birth registration and certification system because, according to him, the Health Ministry attaches premium to this exercise.
   
ďFor me it is very important for your newborn to be registered and certificated because the kinds of drugs that are administered depend on the age of the child. If you donít know your age, the doctors might give you something that might be too powerful for your age, he said.
   
The Vice President thanked the collaborating partners, including health practitioners and ministers, for making these kinds of services available. He said Liberians should be thankful to God for the things he has done for Liberia, and urged them to appreciate their country.
   
Earlier, Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale said effective now, government requires every child that is born in an institution to be reported and registered in order to get a certificate of registration.
   
Dr. Gwenigale said it is also required that anyone who delivers a baby must report that baby so that it can be registered. He said this decentralized registration and certification system recognizes the existence of the child as a human being.
   
He said it also recognizes the fact that the child has parents, birth date and nationality.