Register your baby, then leave the hospital
Progress has been made in the area of birth registrations at public hospitals. However, the Unicef representative in the Dominican Republic, Rosa Elcarte is advising the government to order public hospitals not to discharge mothers who have given birth if they have not declared their child.
Leading public hospitals nationwide have onsite birth registration facilities. Elcarte says there has been progress with the facilities, which are now available at 12 provincial hospitals.
In the first semester of 2016, a total of 23,905 births were registered at public hospitals.
Elcarte highlighted that more work needs to be done with teenage mothers. She said that 16,500 babies were born to teenagers at the 12 participating public hospitals in 2015. Of this total, however, only 2,900 registered their children at the hospital. Adult mothers registered their children in 74% of the cases.
She also recommended making it obligatory for teenagers giving birth to be issued ID cards.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Aug 13, 2016
Category: DR News |