‘E-pregnancy’ to be introduced by the government – Vice President Bawumia.
According to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Ghana Health Service will begin digitally tracking and monitoring all pregnant women across the country to ensure that all newborn newborns obtain a national ID number at birth.
This has been made possible by the ongoing linking of data from the National Identification Authority, Ghana Health Service, Birth and Deaths Registry, Ghana Statistical Service, and Ghana Police Service in order to create a comprehensive database of all Ghanaians to aid policy formulation and planning, as well as the issuance of national ID numbers and cards.
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Vice President Bawumia made the announcement at the University of Ghana, Legon, on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the opening of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) 50th-anniversary celebrations.
The Ghana Statistical Service has agreed to pass over 13,000 tablets used in the recent National Population and Housing Census to the Ghana Health Service, as well as providing other logistical support to the health workers, to aid in the tracking, according to the Vice President.
“These tablets will track pregnant mothers from antenatal clinics until birth. What we are trying to do is that immediately a child is born, the data will be transmitted to the Births and Deaths Registry, and the NIA will both record it. Then the NIA will immediately issue a National Identification Number for the child,” he explained.
“Starting sometime this year, we are quite advanced, the Ghana Health Service will announce the exact start date. So we will have that linkage between the NIA, the Ghana Health Service, the Statistical Service because they need that data of who has died, who has been born, etc.
The Police also record a lot of deaths on our roads and other places, this is why they are also linked into the system so that they can also report so that we have comprehensive data.”
“We expect this system to be rolled out this year so that the Ghana Card number will be the unique identifier. What all this will mean is that at any time, if all of this data is available, we will have a pretty good estimate of our population in Ghana and this will therefore likely change the nature of the census in the future.
Once we know, say 2020 this is the record, and so far this year so many people have been born, and so many people have died, then we know what the net numbers are.
“This is a major new system that is coming, and it will help Ghana going forward.”