07 July 2017

HCM City responds to World Population Day

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Population and Family Planning held a
meeting on July 7 in celebration of World Population Day (July 11).

The department
took this occasion to announce the city’s population and reproductive health strategy
for the 2016-2020 period, with increasing engagements of organisations and
individuals in population and planning policies.

It called for
support from organisations and individuals in holding communications activities
and training personnel, especially for 12,000 collaborators in communes, wards
and residential areas.

As part of the
meeting, the department signed a cooperation memorandum of understanding with Thai
Nakorn Patana Company Limited, under which the latter will provide affordable contraceptive
pills for local residents.

Lauded the
efforts made by the local health body, Vo Thanh Dong, Deputy General Director of
the General Office for Population and Family Planning, requested it to boost
the quality of reproductive health in rural and mountainous areas and work
harder to reduce abortion rate.

In the 2011
-2015 period, Ho Chi Minh City recorded the birth ratio of 106/107 boys to 100
girls, with 70 percent of pregnant women taking screening tests. However, the
city is facing a risk of gender imbalance, as the number of districts with
imbalanced sex ratios increased from two in 2015 to five in 2016.-VNA



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