Ministry of Health kicks of Bedside Registration Program

Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:01 AM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, April 2, 2014 – GIS: The Registrar General's Department (RGD) of Ministry of Health and Social Security is embarking on a new initiative that is expected to improve birth registration throught-out the Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

The department which is also known as the Births and Deaths Registry on April 1st began its bedside registration program at the island’s three main public hospitals – General in St. George, Princess Alice in St. Andrew and Princess Royal in Carriacou.

Officials from the (RGD) are optimistic that the new initiative will yield huge increases in the number of fathers whose data are included in their children's birth certification submission at the point of registration.

The new process will see mothers naming their child or children before leaving the place of birth. In cases where the child or children are born out of wedlock health officials explained that fathers are required to be present with their birth certificate and valid picture identification card in order to have their name(s) entered on the birth record.

RGD's Bedside Registration Programme, says within that framework the entire birth registration process is expected to fall in line with other countries in the region where the program is ongoing.

Meanwhile with the introduction of the Government’s new national identification card system, it is believed that the bedside registration program is timely, cost effective and hassle free with several immediate and long-term benefits to country, the parents and the new born(s).




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