The registration of births and deaths will henceforth be taken up at all primary health centres (PHC) in the district, according to a release.

A directive to this effect has been issued by the Deputy Commissioner to the District Health and Family Welfare Officer.

The decision to enable registration of births and deaths at the PHCs was taken at a coordination committee meeting held recently. It was also decided that the facility be made available at all 137 PHCs, nine government maternity hospitals and six samudaya kendras in the district.

Court ruling

This directive follows a recent ruling by the Supreme Court in this regard, as per which the registration of births has to be done and the necessary certificates issued by the institutions where the birth takes place.

The district administration has already made the facility available at six public health centres and two hospitals. It would be extended to all 152 institutions by January, the release added.

Training

To familiarise workers on the issue of registration, the authorities plan to conduct a training programme for anganwadi workers, health workers and village accountants, among others, the release said.

Accountants at the taluk level have already been trained. The district administration conducted training for health volunteers and workers in H.D. Kote earlier this month and distributed handbooks to them in this regard.

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