By Aamon Butao
Government has disclosed that the Mass Child Registration Campaign (MRC) will help to boost service delivery in the country.
The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has revealed that during the 2016-2018 national registration exercise, the country registered over 10 million people and now wants to extend the registration to over 8 million children under the age of 16.
The information was brought into the open on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ consultation meeting in Lilongwe.
Speaking during the event, Minister of Homeland Security Jean Sendeza said issuing birth certificates for children below the age of sixteen will help in policy formulation and planning on the part of government and donors.
She added the first phase of the exercise will be conducted in Karonga, Mwanza and Lilongwe Rural East to assist government in providing more support to all sectors in line with Malawi 2063 and Sustainable Development Goal Number Sixteen on legal identity.
On this note, the minister said all Malawians should support the initiative and make sure that all children under the age of sixteen are registered.
MWK8 Billion has been allocated for the exercise in all the districts.
In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Health, Enock Phale, said the exercise will help government to plan and budget for vaccines.
He added it will also help in the construction of health facilities in line with the population.
In his remarks, Principal Secretary for NRB in the Ministry Mphatso Sambo said the ministry is geared to roll out the pilot phase in October.