PARLIAMENTARIANS have implored the Registrar-General (RG)’s Office to set up sub-offices at public health institutions to expedite issuing of birth certificates for newly born babies.
Speaking during a capacity building workshop for legislators and other stakeholders in the capital yesterday, the MPs said most parents found it cumbersome to obtain birth certificates for their children once they leave hospital.
The workshop was jointly organised by Unicef and the Women’s University in Africa. The legislators said the RG’s Office could work hand in glove with the Health ministry to set up the sub-offices.
“We need the desks of the Registrar-General at all health institutions so that no mother will leave without the papers for their children,” said MDC-T legislator Dorcas Sibanda.
“The legislators and the Health ministry should work flat out so that the desks are established. Within two days of birth, the documents should be ready and given before discharge. There are some challenges that the father might not be located and we need the registrar to give the birth certificates even when only the mother is available,” she said.