Yesterday, The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has decried the unacceptable low level of birth registration in Nigeria, saying that 62 percent of births take place outside the health facilities.
Mrs Sharon Oladiji, UNICEF Child Specialist, has made this known at a two-day Media Dialogue in Kano on Birth Registration, saying advocacy at all state levels are needed to strengthen support for birth registration.
“In 2016, registered birth under aged one is 2,519,071 which translated to 51 per cent of the estimated birth in the country.
“But in 2017, it was reduced to 7,066 birth registration out of the 4,758,812 expected births under age one.
“It is therefore worrisome in 2018 where the performance of birth registration for under one is only 32 per cent while under five is 8 percent. This also shows that all the states have low registration and this can be traceable to some limitations which must be urgently addressed.”
She added that there was need for local support to mount health centres, increase health registrars and constantly sensitising the public on the importance of birth registration in the country.