Jamaican Fathers Can No Longer Hide, Name to Appear on Birth Certificates

The Jamaican Government will be making it mandatory for fathers’ names to appear on birth certificates. Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, made the announcement about the plan at the official launching of the ‘Good Health Begins at Home’ initiative developed by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA). The minister stated that any attempt to promote and restore family values in Jamaica must “have an intervention programme to deal with our males.” Various statistics show that over 80 per cent of Jamaican children are born out of wedlock