Hanoi to reduce third childbirth rate this year
Hanoi has been trying to keep the birth rate reasonably low and control the sex ratio at birth.
Hanoi will make effort to reduce the third childbirth rate by 0.1% in 2023, according to the Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health, Vu Cao Cuong.
To achieve the goal, Hanoi’s health sector will control the sex imbalance at birth, and continue to expand screening, diagnosis, and treatment for some diseases before birth in the capital city until 2030, the deputy director said.
He added that in 2022, Hanoi's population reached around 8.4 million people (accounting for 8.4% of Vietnam’s population). “In particular, with the city control of gender imbalance at birth, the birth sex ratio last year stood at 112.5 boys to 100 girls, a decrease from 2020 when it was 113.5 to 100,” Cuong said.
A couple receives advice on reproductive health from a doctor at the Medlatec General Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: Medlatec
Cuong said the gender imbalance was decreasing, but the third childbirth rate tends to increase. Districts with high third-child birth rates include Hoang Mai, Dong Anh, Hoai Duc, and Cau Giay.
"Vietnamese parents are encouraged to have two children per family. However, due to the deep-rooted preference for sons, many couples with only daughters always want a male child because many believe that only sons can take care of venerating their ancestors and maintaining the lineage," explains the deputy director.
"Many families in Hanoi want to have more children, especially because of better economic conditions, so they decide to have more than two."
Thus, third-child is a problem, as the capital city aimed to maintain a reasonably low birth rate and control the sex ratio at birth, according to Cuong.
Although appreciating the achievements of the city's population and family planning efforts over the years, which have made positive contributions to the capital’s socio-economic development, the official said it was necessary to keep implementing measures to control the gender imbalance, particularly the third-child birthrate.
He stressed that it is necessary to raise awareness of the problem and change the attitude of the population to encourage families to have only two children.
The municipal Department of Population and Family Planning will continue to focus on communication campaigns, counseling, and direct dialogue with couples of reproductive age, while providing them with contraceptives, according to the deputy director.
- EU Green Education: Significant to biodiversity protection in Vietnam
- Health sector joins efforts against climate change
- Treatment abroad no longer necessary for Vietnamese heart patients: Minister of Health
- Hanoi to host ASEAN Cardiology Congress 2023
- WHO praises Vietnam’s public health achievement
- Hanoi multiplies model of high-quality traditional medicine clinics
- Hanoi hospitals adjust service charges, remain confused about new pricing rule
- Hanoi to complete four major hospitals at gateways by 2025
- First Vietnamese physician nominated for WHO Western Pacific directorship
- Vietnam holds historic meeting to protect human, animal and environmental health
Hanoi plans to relocate more universities
Vietnam news in brief - December 4
Vietnam’s e-commerce market set to hit US$20.5 billion
Diwali vividly celebrated in Hanoi
AI to help Hanoi accelerate smart city development
Data mining drives smart city building: vice chairman
Planning essential to promote smart city development
Amended Capital Law to develop Hanoi’s cultural industries
Vietnam advised to use cultural heritage as material for creative industries