Breaking News: Babies In Ghana to Get National ID Numbers From birth!
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that Ghana Card numbers will be issued to newborn babies at birth from March 31, 2023.
This initiative will provide every child with a unique identification number for life, which will facilitate the efficient delivery of social services and help to fight identity fraud.
The Vice President made this announcement at a breast cancer awareness program organized to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023, in Accra Newtown. The event was jointly organized by Breast Care International and the Office of the Vice President to sensitize women on the need for regular breast screening to detect cervical cancer early.
The theme for the International Women’s Day celebration was “Digital: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.” The Vice President took the opportunity to highlight some of the digital programs and interventions rolled out by the government to enhance service delivery and promote the ease-of-doing business in Ghana.
These programs and interventions include the digital property addressing system, medical drone delivery centers, mobile money interoperability payment system, and electronic renewal of national health insurance cards. The Vice President believes that the digitization of the economy will fast-track economic development and urged the public to support the government’s digital transformation agenda.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, the Founder of the Breast Care International and Peace and Love Hospitals, paid tribute to women in Ghana and across the globe for standing up for their civic rights and drawing attention to acts of injustices being meted out to women in deprived communities. She called on women to resist all cultural stereotypes stifling their initiative and drive.
Dr. Wiafe-Addai emphasized the need for women to be included in decision-making processes, and Breast Care International and Peace and Love Hospital are poised to do some stock-taking on the various pitfalls in order to forge a future with higher women inclusion.
In conclusion, the government’s initiative to issue Ghana Card numbers to newborn babies at birth is a significant step towards creating a comprehensive national identification system.
It will enable the government to track the child’s access to social services such as healthcare, education, and welfare, and ensure that they receive the necessary support.
The digitization of the economy will enhance service delivery and promote the ease of doing business in Ghana, leading to economic development.