Newborns go hi-tech with launch of birth register app

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THE newly-launched birth registration mobile app will allow for the electronic registration of the birth of a child, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While launching the new app at Suvavou House in Suva yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said the app would help parents register their newborn.

“As of today (yesterday), we’re doing away with some of the stress faced by new families, making the days and weeks following the birth of a child less of a hassle by bringing the birth registration process online for the very first time,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We’re saving new families valuable time that can be spent doing just about everything else required to care for and nurture a new baby,” he said.

He said before the launch of the app, parents had to show up at the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages Office in order to initiate the birth registration process.

“Parents simply need to download the Birth Registration App, follow the simple instructions on screen, and submit their registration electronically,” he said.

“Once the online registration is completed, new parents can schedule a set time to arrive at the BDM Office, where they can then collect the birth certificate of their newborn child.

Of course, knowing when you’re meant to arrive is much better than just showing up and hoping for the best, and that will make the entire BDM Office run a whole lot more efficiently.”

Mr Bainimarama added the app would only be available to register births at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital for the time being.

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