|A campaign to provide reproductive health and birth control services is being directed at households in HCM City’s disadvantaged areas. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Health and Hóc Môn District People’s Committee have launched a campaign to provide reproductive healthcare and birth control services to people working in industrial zones and living in economically disadvantaged areas.
Launched in 2013, the annual campaign this year will shift from a focus on population and birth control to population and development.
Nguyễn Hữu Hưng, deputy of the city’s Department of Health, said the campaign would focus on giving counselling and advices to households in disadvantaged areas.
In addition, the campaign will also support pregnant women in difficult circumstances, female workers in industrial zones, and couples before they get married, he added.
The city aims to achieve 60 per cent of the campaign goal to provide intrauterine devices and birth control contraceptives, and 100 per cent of gynaecological examinations and pre-marital health examinations.
The city surpassed its campaign goals last year with 86 per cent of pregnant women receiving prenatal screening and 82 per cent of newborns having been screened.
In addition, the ratio of sex was maintained at 106 boys per 100 girls, while 65 per cent of married couples were using modern contraceptives. — VNS