|The national take-action month on population is launched to boost the population quality in Viet Nam on December 9.— Photo baocongthuong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — A national take-action month on population was launched by the health ministry yesterday in an effort to strengthen the community's awareness of how population growth can affect quality of life, family welfare and society.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, deputy minister of health Nguyen Viet Tien said that the country's population control and family planning programmes faced many challenges in terms of scale, structure and quality. Population size and distribution had direct impacts on the health of the country's development.
"The nation's population is large and continues to increase despite efforts to curb the birth rate with policies meant to limit couples to two children, which were passed back in 2006," said Tien.
"The country's birth rate continues to fluctuate unpredictably because some provinces are still above their target birth rates while others have such low birth rates that it causes damage to the country's socio-economic development," stressed Tien.
The deputy minister said that the annual take-action month aims to inform leaders, social organisations and families as to the methods and importance of population and family planning.
The month of action includes running public relations campaigns and disseminating information to promote the Government's current policies. Population, family planning and reproductive health services will also receive heightened attention and support, especially in remote mountainous and island areas.
Health ministry statistics show that despite the room for improvement, Viet Nam has achieved remarkable results in population and family planning programmes.
The average number of children for couples of reproductive ages reduced to 2.1 in 2013 from 6.4 in 1960. Population growth rate also reduced to 1.05 per cent last year compared to 3.5 in 1960. And average life expectancy reached 73 last year from 40 in 1960. — VNS