Birth and death records workshop held

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Union Minister U Kyaw Win addresses the ceremony of Launching of the Birth and Death Registration Manual and the workshop on Developing Vital Statistics System in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

A ceremony for introduction of the Registrar’s Manual on Registrations of Births and Deaths and a workshop on birth and death records was held yesterday at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, under the co-sponsorship of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Central Statistical Organisation, Myanmar and UNICEF.
Present at the ceremony were U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance, Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports, Chief Ministers of Regions and States, Deputy Ministers, ministers of Regions and States Cabinets, Hluttaw representatives, UN Organisations’ representatives, permanent secretaries and invited guests.
At the ceremony, Union Minister U Kyaw Win said proper statistical record-keeping is a vital part of the country’s progress toward competing globally.
“Our work done here is for the sake of the country, but the results achieved must cover the global sphere, and it must be beneficial for the global populace. As long as we are performing our tasks with such great expectations, our country will be able to stand tall. Participants in the workshop are urged to perform to the best of their calibre to remain an epoch-making milestone, without coming to the end just at the drop of the curtain of the ceremony”, U Kyaw Win said. “In our country, people are very weak in keeping records, figures and statistics. So our economic development lagged behind. To keep pace with advanced countries, it is necessary to value facts and figures. And, we must share our experiences to each other so that the future of our country will be remarkably brighter.”
The health minister stressed the importance of accurate statistical records so that proper decisions can be made for the people.
“The registrar’s manual on registration of births and deaths is of great importance for all the ministries. The introduction of the manual will be remembered as a milestone for Myanmar. It will be very useful in laying down socio-economic policies, principles on population, policies on caring the aged and policies on nurturing children”, said Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports said.
Afterward, Mr. Paul Edwards, acting regional representative of UNICEF (Myanmar) made an address, followed by showing videos on the implementation of birth and death statistics and video recordings in commemoration of World Statistics Day.
After that, at the workshop presided by U Tun Tun Naing, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, Dr. Wah Wah Maung, director-general of the Central Statistical Organisation, led a discussion titled “The birth and death registration system”. Also part of the workshop were Daw J Lian San San Aye, a Myanmar-based UNICEF official, who led a discussion on birth registration, Daw Thuzar Chit Tin, the deputy director-general of Public Health Department who spoke of death registration, and U Tin Myint, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, who participated in a talk on community engagement and participation. The workshop presided over by Dr. Wah Wah Maung, director-general of the Central Statistical Organisation, then discussed the relation between sustainable development goals and birth and death records. Development-aligned organisations discussed matters on providing help.

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