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Government effort to register all public hospital births

At a ceremony presided over by President Danilo Medina, First Lady Candida Montilla and Vice President Margarita Cedeño, the Medina administration announced the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to ensure that all children born in Dominican health centers be registered at birth.

The agreement establishes commitments for the Central Electoral Board (JCE) to establish registration services in hospitals currently not being served and improve birth registration services at public hospitals currently in the program. The Ministry of Public Health has agreed to strengthen teenage pregnancy prevention programs. The Special Programs Agency of the Presidency will provide funding for equipping the offices (OEC), pay overtime to staff when necessary and offer training to the civil registry personnel. The National Health Service will train the staff responsible for filling out the prenatal forms to register pregnant teenagers. Unicef will provide technical support to the OECs’ staff and collaborators.

It is estimated that in the Dominican Republic, 12% of children under five years of age, or around 120,000 children, are not registered in the civil registry, according to data from the government and Unicef. While in most public hospitals there are civil registration offices, government statistics show that around 50% of the births are not registered. Most of these unregistered births are to teenage mothers. The new agreement seeks to considerably reduce these numbers.

In the Dominican Republic parents have a 60-day window to register babies at birth in urban areas and 90 days in rural areas. Afterwards, there is a lengthy procedure to be followed resulting in delays in registration until the parents are under pressure to do so once the child passes 6th grade.

Source:DR1, Presidencia. gob

Aug 8, 2017

Category: DR News |

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