HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam will face significant challenges in controlling the birth sex ratio and balancing birth rates across different areas in the current year, said director of the General Office of Population and Family Planning Duong Quoc Trong yesterday.
|A nurse cares for a newborn at Lai Chau General Hospital. The nation is facing significant challenges in controlling the birth gender ratio. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
The office said the birth ratio of boys to girls in Viet Nam had increased from 110/100 only six years ago to 112.3/100 at present.
The rate was forecast to climb to 125/100 by 2020 unless urgent measures were taken.
On the anniversary of Viet Nam's Population Day, which was held yesterday in Ha Noi, Trong said the department hoped population experts and agencies across the country would continue to join hands with central-level agencies to implement the State's population policies.
He added that the number of mothers receiving premature screening and children receiving screening exceeded the assigned norms this year.
Many projects for improving the population's birth procedures quality were conducted effectively, he added.
During this year, the population sector supplied family planning and reproductive health services to nearly 4 million people. The project for premature screening and diagnosis which aimed to discover innate disabilities was implemented in 51 out of 63 provinces and cities.
The department also joined hands with the United Nations Population Fund to set up co-operative plans for the period 2012-16.
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Viet Nam Women's Union Family and Life Division, said the union set up a number of population and family planning clubs such as the Mother and Daughter Club and the Reproductive Health and Sex Balance Club.
However, good models of family planning were unable to expand due to lack of funds, she said.
Mai proposed the population sector should allocate more funds and disseminate documents for women's union at different levels. — VNS