NIRA receives two fully equipped vehicles to support mobile registration

Nira registration trucks

The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) on Monday received two new mobile registration trucks that are to be used to boost its registration capacity.

The trucks that were procured under World Bank supported by Uganda Reproductive Maternal and Child Health Services Improvement Project (URMCHP) were on Monday 17th June 2019 handed over to Ms. Judy Obitre-Gama the Executive Director NIRA by the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine at the Ministry’s headquarters in Kampala.

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According to the NIRA Executive Director, the trucks are fully equipped with tools to provide on spot registration services and also conduct community mobilization drives.

The main objective of procuring the equipment is to enhance mobility and service reach in support of efforts by NIRA to scale up birth and death registration in the country.

Ms. Judy Obitre-Gama, the Executive Director NIRA.

In her handover comments, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Diana Atwine expressed her joy at the delivery of the vehicles and observed that they would go a long way in improving maternal and child health services.

I am very optimistic that NIRA and the country at large will realize an increase in the proportion of people registering and obtaining birth and death certificates. Birth and death registration is a critical component in the overall health sector agenda aimed at improving maternal and child services in the country.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine

Birth registration provides confirmation of the event of the birth of a child and is the first form of identification.

The trucks are intended to be used as mobile platforms to take services closer to communities through outreaches and routine registration activities. The outreaches shall be targeting populations in underserved districts or regions especially those with large and longer distances between communities and NIRA service points. It includes densely populated areas that may not be ably covered under the routine district registration centers.

The support shall also target areas with special community groups like refugees and communities that may be disadvantaged by natural calamities.