HA NOI -- Gender inequality among new born children has risen in the capital city, according to the Ha Noi Population and Family Planning Department.
By the end of last month the city had more than 18,600 new-born babies, an increase by 2,780 babies compared with the same period last year.
Fifteen out of 29 districts in the city have a high rate of gender inequality, with 155 boys for every 100 girls, including Phu Xuyen, Dong Anh, Hoai Duc and Chuong My districts.
The number of families to have a third child has also increased during the first quarter this year. As many as 1,456 out of 18,600 babies born during the first quarter were the third child, an increase of 309 babies compared with last year.
Most of the third-child babies were from Ung Hoa, Phu Xuyen, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Phuc Tho districts. The number of third-child births is predicted to continue increasing throughout the year. -- VNS