I believe that one most important government activity, all over the world, is what your
does, i.e. the registration of
births and deaths of the citizens. May I ask you sir?
Qn. --Under which government ministry does your department operate?
Ans. --The Births and Deaths Registry operates the Ministry of Local Government and
Qn.--Do you have any idea as to how long this department has been in existence?
Ans.--Although vital registration started way back in 1888 in Ghana (then the Gold
Coast), the Births and Deaths Registry as a department was set up in 1965 to manage
the registration of births, deaths and fetal deaths in the country.
Qn. -- Has B&D registration in Ghana got any legal backing: which Act and Article, if
Ans. --The Births and Deaths Registry derives its mandate from the Registration of
Births and Deaths Act, 1965 (ACT 301). This is supported by the Registration of Births
and Deaths Regulations, 1970 ( L.I 653)
.--Could you tell me how your department has been collecting data since you
joined the department?
.--Activities of the Births and Deaths Registry are coordinated from the Central
Registry Office located here in Accra.
The entire country has been divided into Registration Regions, which coincide with the
political and administrative regions of the country.
The Registration regions have been subdivided into Registration Districts, which also
coincide with the country’s political administrative local authority areas.
Below the District Office is a network of Registry offices and reporting centres located
within communities where registration takes place. There are requirements to be met and a
standard procedure to follow. These would be given on a different sheet later.