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Births and Deaths Registry worried about late death registrations in Upper East Region

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The Births and Deaths Registry in the Upper East Region is worried about the delay in the registration of deaths.

While the Registry understands that the death of a beloved relative can be hard to deal with, it encouraged residents within the region to do their best to register deaths within 14 days of occurrence.

The Upper East Regional Registrar for the Birth and Deaths Registry, John Yalmon Badengbanoya, made these comments when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show on May 14, 2024.

“The situation about death is so sympathetic that often, in the Upper East Region, we register the deaths after 14 days. When death occurs in a house, we are all weeping. When you want to ask that the registration be done, let me go and do this registration, they would not understand,” he said.

Because of the very sensitive nature of death, Mr. Badengbanoya explained that the Act that allows the BDR to exist gives an allowance for deaths to be registered even after 14 days, but he was quick to add, “We have also given a caveat that after a certain number of years, that is 5 years, you cannot register that death.”

The Upper East Regional Registrar explained that there is a fee attached to the late registration of deaths.

Meanwhile, the registration of babies from birth to twelve months is free. Registration of deaths within fourteen days is also free. This is according to the Birth and Death Registry (BDR).

“We register births between 0 and 12 months. We also register deaths within 14 days. After 14 days, it turns into late registration. For births, when the child passes one year, one day, it is called late registration, and that is why there is a fee attached to it.”

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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