Gender ratio widening in Vietnam

The ratio between boys and girls in Vietnam has dramatically widened and newly-born babies with congenital malformation seem to be on the increase, according to a meeting held by the Ministry of Health in Hanoi on December 25.

More and more boy are seen in entertainment parks. The ratio between boys and girls in Vietnam widens (Photo: U. Phuong)

The meeting was held by the Ministry of Health along with Vietnam’s General Directorate of Population and Family Planning to mark National Population Day on December 26 and to discuss the main theme--Control of ratio between boys and girls for future happiness and country’s sustainable development.
 
The population of Vietnam is expected to reach 90 million in 2013, an increase of one million since last year, according to figures released by the directorate.

The ratio between boys and girls has increased from 104-109 boys for every 100 girls between 1999-2005 and 109.8-111.9 boys for every 100 girls from 2006-2011, according to statistics from the health sector.

Moreover, the population caliber remains too low to meet industrialization and modernization standards.

The ministry said it will focus on reducing the imbalance in the population between boys and girls, in 43 provinces and cities by minimizing old perceptions. The ministry promised to tighten control of healthcare units to restrict gender choices of unborn babies.

The ministry will also try to reduce the birth rate. In 1960 the average child-bearing woman had 6.4 children but at present the figure rests at 1.9. At present Vietnam has a birth rate of 1.04 percent and average life-span of 73 years.

By K. Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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