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Bedside registration of births programme to be expanded

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 11:22 AM
Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Floyd Green (left), has a look at his personal record at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) during a recent tour of the St Catherine-based agency. Also pictured are Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Tameka Clough (centre), and Chief Executive Officer, Charlton McFarlane. -Contributed photo.

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Floyd Green, says the Registrar General's Department (RGD) bedside registration programme will be expanded.

Green said 60 computers will shortly be donated to the agency for the programme.

An application system is being developed for a mid-year rollout that will enable personnel at the RGD, when they visit hospitals, to register children at birth.

There will be automatic completion of the process.

“Once the information is inputted at bedside, it is atomically uploaded on the RGD systems,” Green said while speaking recently with reporters at the agency in Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

The app will allow mothers to leave hospitals with electronic copies of their children's birth certificates and support other technologically advanced record-keeping.

Green added that the agency will play a “massive role” in the implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS), and he is meeting with his teams to ensure that the regulations are presented to Parliament in the shortest possible time.

He is also planning for meetings with the public, to promote the benefits of the programme.

The NIDS Project has been assigned to Minister Green.

Production of digital certificates is also part of the immediate focus of the RGD, and digitisation of the records stored at the agency.

The minister stressed that they have a mandate to be “digitally bold” and to ensure that their services are “transferable to the digital space”.

“[This is] so that we have ease of access, and that is part of my remit at the Office of the Prime Minister – to work with the RGD and drive the digitisation project, and digitisation of government service,”  Green said.

- JIS News

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