By Christopher Chisi
The government has observed with concern that 80 percent of births of children below the age of five are not registered in the country.
Home affairs minister, Stephen Kampyongo says this is because certification of births and deaths was for a long time done only in Lusaka.
The minister said this during the launch of the birth certification issuance centre Chipata in a speech read for him by eastern province deputy permanent secretary Josphat Lombe today.
The centre which has been constructed at the cost of over 30 thousand dollars is expected to print 200 certificates per day and 49,800 in a year.
He notes that the centre will bring efficiency to the registration system thereby reducing the cost of both the people of eastern province and the government.
Speaking on behalf of world vision Zambia, National Director John Hasse, organization integrated program director, Wezi Kaira indicated that they will continue working closely with the department of birth registration, passport and citizenship to ensure more children are registered and issued with birth certificates.
Meanwhile, the department of national registration passport and citizenship, principles registrar, civil registration, Peter Moyo revealed that the birth certificates are critical statistics for planning purposes