By Ibrahim Khaleel
The National Population Commission, NPC, said 91% of Jigawa children and newborn babies do not have birth certificate due to the ignorance of parents and child-care givers on the importance of birth registration.
Speaking at the stakeholders strategic meeting for media on birth registration in Jigawa state organized for Primary Health Care Managers by UNICEF in collaboration with NPC in Dutse, the federal commissioner in charge of Jigawa and Kano office, Muhammad Gumel said the demographic Health survey conducted in 2013 child birth registration indicated that only thirty percent children were captured and registered with the remaining seventy percent unregistered.
He explained that it is alarming that Jigawa state is among the states with low compliance as most of states in the federation with only less than 9% birth registration.
“Low level of compliance will be directly connected to ignorance on its importance and lack of support from government and local authorities,” he said
The state director of the NPC, Ahmed Iro, said the importance of birth registration can not be over emphasized, noting that the response on birth registration is very low and that of death is almost not in existence in the state.
He explained that parts of benefits include giving child legal identity, help government to plan health and educational intervention and vaccination, just as it provides legal evidence.
“Registration of a child helps in safeguarding human right and thereby contributes to a normal child functioning in a society,” he said.
He also said most of the established centers across the state that help in yielding a positive result have become dysfunctional.
The director urged government to provides basic furniture for the centers, registration materials and logistics supports to enable them function effectively.
He also commended UNICEF and Jigawa state government in providing all the needed technical and financial support to the activities of the commission.