Assessment of the completeness of births and deaths registration in an urban Nigerian community

  • Abimbola Onigbanjo Williams University of Ibadan
Keywords: Births and deaths registration, Completeness, Indirect demographic methods, Nigeria


This paper assessed the completeness of births and deaths registration in Mokola, a semi-urban community in Oyo state, Nigeria. The cross-sectional study with a two-stage cluster sampling was designed to select 1361 men and women aged 15 to 65 years. Information on births and deaths registration was collected using a structured pretested interviewer administered questionnaire. Assessment of birth and death registration data was carried out using indirect demographic methods. The mean age of respondents was 31 years (SD ±8.8 years). Almost all mothers (91.1%) claimed they registered the index births and 36.5% of mothers were able to produce birth certificates. For deaths, completeness of registration in Mokola was very low with an estimate of completeness at 21% for the period 2000 to 2006. The study concluded that birth and death registrations were largely incomplete in the study area.

Author Biography

Abimbola Onigbanjo Williams, University of Ibadan
Department of Epidemiology, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health (EMSEH), College of Medicine