There was a high turnout in the mobile birth registration for children aged 0 – 12 years in Ganta City, Nimba County.
“The mobile birth registration, which kicked off March 3, this year, is a first of its kind in Nimba County,” said Moses Dee, Operations Officer of Liberia Environmental Care Organization (LECO), the non-governmental organization that is implementing the exercise for Plan-Liberia.
“Upon the registration of your child, we will give you the certificate the same day,” Mr. Dee assured.
The exercise, Mr. Dee said, has long been going on across the 17 administrative districts in Nimba, but at the clinical level under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.
“We are very happy that the birth registration exercise is decentralized, where we can quickly get our children’s birth certificate,” said Boye Suah, a father of two.
Most of the parents were also concerned with getting birth certificate for themselves, but could not do so due to some measures put in place by the health authorities.
“We thought that this registration covered the adults, too; what we are seeing is different,” one of the parents observed.
One observer expressed gratitude to the government for decentralizing birth registration, but was equally concerned with the involvement of adults so as to remove the burden of running around in Monrovia to get a birth certificate.