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The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), Liberia National Identification Registry (LNIR) and the Center for National Documents, Records and Achieves (CNDRA) officially launches Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health release, the launch was held in the Charles Gbeayon Conference Hall at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia.

During the program, the Director General for the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) Francis Wreh, says series of arrangements have been made in the implementation of the CRVS across the country.

He says in order to have this implemented all over the world, it has been agreed upon by African leaders that August 10, each year is celebrated as Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day.

Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health A. Vaifee Tulay, says the CRVS will enable national government to document every new birth in the country.

He says the exercise will serve as evidence that a particular person was born to in particular place and unto a particular parent.

He emphasizes there must be an evidence to support a marital claim between two people while in the case of death, there must also be an evidence to prove that a particular person died to a particular place and time something, he notes, is very important in the life of every living being.

Speaking further, Minister Tulay encourages Liberians to take advantage of
the CRVS by coming out to register, adding that they should not only see the importance of it when there is a demand from service provider.

He observes the only time Liberians see the service as important is when they win the United States of America Diversity Visa Lottery (DV).

He discloses the CRVS process assigns an identification number to each registrant that makes it very unique, which is also referred to as unique identifier in
statistics.

During the launch, the Director for the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Prince Momolu Kabah did a PowerPoint presentation of the CRVS.

Director Kabah emphasizes the importance of Civil Registry and Vital Statistics, disclosing that the Ministry is working out modalities to have the CRVS database online so that everyone will have access to their own information everywhere they go.

The Executive Director of the National Identification Registry, J. Tiah Nagbe, expresses excitement about the launch, and lauds President George M. Weah, and other actors for their efforts in the establishment of what he terms such unique initiative.

He says the government is responsible for the safety and prosperity of its citizens, and adds in order for government to do her best, it is important she has record on everyone born in the country.

Nagbe stresses it is important for every Liberian to have a National Identification Card and should vigorously prioritize the CRVS.

The program was also graced by former Information Minister, Rev. Emmanuel Buwier and C. Neileh Daitouah, among other stakeholders including the media. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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