The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that from next year every newborn baby will be given a unique identification number to be used as an identification number from childhood till death.
According to Vice President, this will be achieved by linking the births and deaths registry to the National Identification Authority database.
He indicated that “there will be a tracking of pregnant women at antenatal clinics.”
He mentioned that some 13,000 tablets that were recently used in the population and housing census will be provided by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to make this exercise fruitful.
“Births and Deaths Digitization: Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. It was chaotic, it was messy and it was sad. It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment.
“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification Authority, Ghana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.
“Starting next year, it is envisaged that every newborn child will within a year get a Ghanacard number but the actual card will be issued when the child is grown and the biometrics are fully formed,”
The Vice President was speaking at a lecture at Ashesi University.