Birth certificate vital

Northern Province Provincial Registrar John Chola has implored parents to obtain birth certificates for their children as it is a child’s right.

He noted that birth registration was vital as it enabled a child to have an identity and enhance its right to belong to a family, right to education and universal protection.

Mr. Chola said this at the launch of the birth registration exercise in Kasama on Saturday.

He said the acquisition of birth certificates was compulsory and advised parents to make use of the on-going exercise.

And Kasama District Commissioner Kalanga Bwalya commended Caritas Kasama and Jesus Cares Ministry for partnering with the National Registration office in supplementing government’s efforts in spearheading the birth registration exercise.

Mr. Bwalya said it was important for every child to have a birth certificate as it was a legal document that would protect a child against certain violation and abuse.

He appealed to parents in the district to take advantage of the registration exercise in order to obtain birth certificates for their children.

The DC further urged the National Registration and Passports Office to ensure that the exercise succeeded in the district.