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20 000 Namibians died between 2016/17- Home Affairs

by Rodney Pienaar

The minister of home affairs Frans Kapofi announced during his budget motivation speech in parliament on Friday last week that it registered 20 265 deaths in the 2016/17 financial year.    

During the same period, 43 147 babies under the age of one year were registered. 

The civil registrations department at the ministry has also recorded 28 465 late birth registrations; 4 907 marriages and a total of 101 231 identification cards were printed in the same period.   

About 4 561 were converted from SWA identification cards to Namibian identification cards.  

“The department continued to expand services and thus ensure timely registration of children. An outreach programme to rural areas was implemented and a total of 9 972 people were registered in Kavango East; Kavango West; //Karas; Hardap and Kunene regions respectively,” he said.

He added that at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair; Windhoek Agricultural Show; Helao Nafidi Expo and Nkurenkuru Expo a total number of 6 357 people were registered for birth certificates, identification cards and citizenship.  

As part of the ministerial strategy delegation, the department in close cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health; Namibian Police Force and the Namibia Statistics Agency launched e-birth notification projects in May last year. 

“The aim of the e-birth notification system is to notify the e-national population registration system electronically when a birth has occurred at a hospital in order to secure birth details of all children birthed in the country.

“The system is currently implemented at Windhoek Central and Katutura Hospital in Khomas region; Eenhana and Engela state hospitals in Kavango East region; Oshakati Intermediate hospital in Oshana region; Oshikuku and Outapi State hospitals in Omusati region and Onandjoke hospital in Oshikoto region,” he stated.