Rwanda starts registration of births, deaths at health facilities

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Rwanda on Monday launched the registration of births and deaths across the country’s hospitals.

The launch by the Ministry of Local Government in partnership with the Ministry of Health took place at Masaka Hospital in Kicukiro district.

“Under the new system, the registration of births and deaths will be done in all hospitals and health centers across the country. Initially the service has been launched at 60 hospitals across the country but it will soon be extended to health centers,” Rwandan Minister of Local government Anastase Shyaka said at the launch event.

“Upon birth, a new-born child will be registered by designated members of staff at hospitals and health centers across the country and issued the National Identification Number. The system is part of broad government’s program to improve service delivery,” said Shyaka.

Children born in other places other than health facility will be registered at cell levels, he added. Previously, the registration of new born was done at sector levels within a period of 15 days.

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