The government is making the call as Liberia celebrates this year’s African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day.
Speaking on the occasion, the Administrative Assistant Lester P. Toe, on behalf of the Assistant Minister for CRVS at the MOH, made the call on Wednesday at the New Georgia Health Center.
The African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day was held under the theme; ‘Harnessing coordination, country leadership and ownership to strengthen integrated civil registration and vital statistics systems: a vehicle for Counting Everyone.’
According to Toe, the acquisition of birth certificate and national identification card offer legal protection, fulfillments of rights and ensure that an individual is counted.
He said, the theme highlights the need for a sustained political commitment with Government taking leadership and ownership in strengthening their respective civil registration and vital statistics systems.
He explained that the civil registration and vital statistics systems confer legal identity to individuals and inform good governance, protecting human rights and creating inclusive societies, adding that thousands of Liberians live without the rights, protections and benefits afforded by having a legal identity and die without having had any proof of existence.
"It is imperative that Liberia invests substantial public resources in the transformation of CRVS systems to make them more technically and financially accessible to the population and in doing so, minimize the perceived humiliation of invisibility," Toe said.
He further stated that: "Your child or children have the right to birth certificate, for the fact that if you don't acquire birth certificate for your child it is an offense to the child or children, adding: “It is the right of the child to know personal information about themselves, their parents, their parent's occupation, as gone are those days where people used to give personal information of a child orally.
Meanwhile, the OIC of the New Georgia Health Center, Madam Clarissa T.S. Howard, expressed happiness over this year's CRVS celebration and the impact the CRVS is making with in the Ministry of Health on the issue of birth certificate, adding that parents are happy getting this document free of charge in Liberia and thanks to the parents for their cooperation.
The Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health on August 10, 2022 joined other African countries to officially celebrate Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day.
The official program was held in Kakata, Margibi County while in Montserrado County, the New Georgia Estate Health Center and the Brewersville Health Center at the same time joined the celebration to commemorate the Day with various programs.
The African Union Executive Council during its 32nd Ordinary Session in January 2018 declared August 10 each year to be African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day.