Friday, March 24

5 registrars for new birth certificate dismissed for ill act

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Lamin Fatty, the registrar of births and deaths at the Ministry of Health has revealed that five of the Ministry’s registrars have been dismissed from duty for not complying with the registration protocol.

Speaking at yesterday’s press conference at Kotu, Mr. Fatty said the protocol promotes confidentiality – that is People’s personal data must not be shared or accessed by a third party and that one cannot register someone that is not present at the registration center amongst others.

He said some of their workers have been caught violating these protocols and they took that action to send warnings to their fellows in order to prevent corrupt acts.

He assured that they would continue monitoring their workers for any default act and make sure anyone found wanting faces the consequences.

Mr. Fatty said despite the challenges they faced on the ground, they have issued 162,527 people with the electronic birth certificate and 21,466 pending certificates due to incomplete provision of documentation.

He sought the indulgence and cooperation of the public by providing right documents to make their work easy and fast.

These documents are birth certificate, Alkalo’s attestation, national identification card and driver’s licence accompanied by a parent’s supporting document if one is less than 50 years.

He reminded the public to be aware that editing of approved certificate will not be done on the ground rather after the entire mass registration.

He further said that team would be reaching rural Gambia from Monday till September 30th starting from Foni.

Mr. Fatty also said that the mass registration will end in October, which will be followed by the deployment of teams in various public hospitals of country.