Birth registration certificates are not available for almost 70 percent of children born in Kaduna state according to the state government. This limits the number of children that can be reached through the critical health intervention programmes set up by the state government according to the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Hadiza Balarabe, the executive secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency made this disclosure at the National Population Commission (NPOPC)/ UNICEF stakeholders Strategic Meeting for media campaign on Birth Registration that held in Kaduna.
Kaduna State over time has recorded poor coverage in terms of birth registration and we believe that if we review how many children were registered, it will help in providing services that will capture all these children.
“Presently only 30 percent of births are currently registered in the state which means we have a backlog of 70 percent of children not being registered. I think we will have a common link of what we have now in Kaduna of only 30 percent of our children being adequately covered with potent vaccines. You cannot provide services for somebody you have not planned for. This is one area that will really help us plan well for the intervention that we have for these target groups,” she said.
“We have recorded quite a high number of deaths of children from preventable diseases. So we think this is an avenue for us to use to provide interventions and get the registered children probably taken care of, knowing that we have these backlog and how we can restrategize in getting any child born in Kaduna and Nigeria by extension registered,” she said.
In the same vein, Umaru Adamu, the head of vital registration desk at the NPOPC disclosed that there are about one hundred and thirty birth registration centers across Kaduna state but this not enough. He suggested that each of the 23 LGAs in Kaduna should have at least 10 centers.
He said; “a major problem we have is lack of proper awareness because a lot of people do not know what we do. Ask them they will tell you that we only organize the census, not knowing that we do birth registration, death registration, and stillbirth registration. As I said, we have an insufficient number of registration centers at the local government level. We have the lopsided distribution of such registration centers.”