Starting from next month, newborns in Ghana will receive their Ghana Card at birth in the hospitals. This was revealed by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, on Saturday, June 10, at the International Women’s Conference in the United Kingdom.
He said that this was possible because of the successful integration of the databases of the National Identification Authority (NIA), the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and the Births and Deaths Registry.
“We have digitalised the processes at the Birth and Death Registry and linked their system with the Ghana Health Service and the NIA”, he said. “I’m happy to announce that the integration of the database of the NIA, GHS, and the Birth and Deaths Registry is complete. So from next month, when a child is born in Ghana, we will issue the Ghana Card number right from birth”.
The Ghana Card is a biometric identity card issued by the NIA to Ghanaians and legally resident foreigners. It serves as a proof of identity, citizenship, and residence. The NIA has registered over 17 million Ghanaians onto its system.