The number of babies being born in Ho Chi Minh City continues to fall to a low birth rate of 1.33 children per family.
The municipal Department of Health yesterday organized a meeting in Can Gio District’s health center in response to the national action month on population and the 58th anniversary of the Vietnam Population Day with the theme “Accompanying with population mission and development for the country’s future prosperity”.
Deputy Head of the Department Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung said with a low birth rate of 1.33 children per family in 2018, birth rate was alarmingly low.
Accordingly, to cope with extremely low birth rate, city authorities should have solutions in policy-making and invest more in population mission in the new context. Population workers should encourage families to have two children.
Ho Chi Minh City’s total fertility rate (TFR) dropped from 1.76 children in 2000 to 1.33 children in 2018, which was significantly lower than Vietnam’s replacement-level fertility of 2.10 children. SGGP
HCM City is encouraging families to have three children as the birth rate has dropped to 1.33 children per women of reproductive age in the city, experts said.
Nguyen Doan Tu, director general of the General Department of Population and Family Planning, under the Ministry of Health, talks to Vietnam News Agency on what Viet Nam should do to narrow the gap in birth rate between different regions.