Electronic birth notification system coming soon

26 Apr 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Health and Social Services is busy working on an electronic birth notification system.
The announcement was made by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana at the opening of the third government forum on electronic identity in Africa, known as ID4Africa, here on Wednesday.
She said the joint project will entail an electronic notification to the National Population Registration System (NPRS) as soon as a birth occurs, which will be done by a nurse facilitating the delivery.
“The Namibian Government relies on birth projections for the calculation of birth statistics and birth registration statistics,” said Iivula-Ithana.
Other benefits of the notification system are that it will ensure verification of a mother’s identity as it is linked to the NPRS, as well as improve data quality and production of vital statistics.
Iivula-Ithana noted that her ministry’s ultimate goal is to see to it that all citizens’ legal identities are established immediately after birth and attached to a unique identifier.
“Presently, only 60 per cent of all births occurring in Namibia are registered shortly after birth, while a unique identifier is only allocated at the age of 16 when the applicant applies for an ID card,” she said.
She added that the Border Management System introduced in 2009 will also be upgraded to a new version by September this year, which will go well with the ministry’s plan of introducing an electronic passport.