OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay
Deputy Registrar of the Births and Deaths Department has disclosed to Concord Times that Ebola deaths are not being registered with his department, which development he said is “undermining the operations” of the department.
Richard Bambanga Konie lamented that although the Births and Deaths Department is the sole agency charged with the responsibility of registering births and deaths in the country, yet they have been largely ignored in the Ebola fight, noting that their annual data on all births and deaths in the country would be difficult to ascertain this year.
“We are here mainly to register all deaths and births and failing to give us the number of Ebola deaths will undermine our operations,” he said, adding that the department is hampered by a plethora of challenges, including few staff and lack of logistics to carry out their responsibilities.
“We are using volunteers all over the provinces to help us with the registration process. I want to call on the Health Ministry to take this department seriously,” Konie said, and revealed that only 43 staff are on the department’s payroll, all of whom in the Western Area Urban and Rural.