Isah further said that death certificate also helps in gathering information on infants and maternal mortality, epidemics and endemics as well as keep track of diseases.
The director explained that when the practice of collection of death certificate becomes a norm, it would no longer be necessary to conduct census, because the records would have been up to date at any particular material time.
“Nigerians find it difficult to collect death certificate if there is nothing to inherit from the deceased.
“But it is not about inheritance; the information gathered from cause of death is key.
“Like in Kaltungo town in Gombe State, snake bite is a major cause of death in that town and with that information, government was able to intervene,” he added.