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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:29

NRB to start issuing birth certificates soon

Written by  Yamikani Yapuwa

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All newly born babies to be registered - File Photo

Blantyre, March 25: The National Registration Bureau (NRB) is soon expected to start issuing birth certificates to all newly born babies in the three districts of Blantyre, Ntcheu and Chitipa.

NRB’s Public Relations Officer Norman Fulatira told Malawi News Agency on Wednesday that the bureau was finalizing work on its system.

“We have done all the necessary requirements, right now we are in a final stage since all the documentation will be done electronically and very soon we will be announcing dates as to when exactly the exercise will start,” said Fulatira.

Fulatira indicated that the exercise, which is all encompassing and compulsory, will first start in three districts of Blantyre, Ntcheu and Chitipa. It will be done in district hospitals.   

“We will start with Blantyre, Chitipa and Ntcheu which have a special funding but will not be  limited as other district hospitals who will need the services will be benefiting but manually as compared to the three starting areas."

“These three district hospitals have been connected to the central database such that whenever a child is born and the necessary is be entered into the system, immediately the data will reach us since they are connected with our offices,” explained Fulatira

According to Fulatira, the bureau will be responsible for distributing the birth certificates to various villages or alternatively, parents will be collecting the certificates from their respective District Commissioners' offices.

However, Fulatira could not disclosed how much is involved, arguing the bureau is still quantifying the support it is getting form stakeholders.

“We are getting support in cash and kind form various organizations. Others provide us with servers while others gave monetary support so we have not done the total calculations as to how much,” said Fulatira.

The National Registration Bureau (NRB), under the Office of President and Cabinet commenced the national registration exercise in 2007. 

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