HEALTH OFFICIAL CALLS FOR MORE MEASURES TO BALANCE SEX RATIO AT BIRTH
July 8 16:35
HANOI,A health ministry official said ahead of World Population Day that more efficient measures are needed to balance Hanoi's sex ratio at birth and ensure gender equality, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.Duong Quoc Trong, general director of General Office for Population and Family Planning at the ministry, said in a meeting Monday that more attention should be given to youths' well-being and access to job opportunities.Last year, Hanoi recorded a sex ratio at birth of 114.5 boys for every 100 girls, down 1.5 boys from 2012.More than 7.7 percent of the capital's population gave birth to a third child, down 0.88 percent year-on-year.In January-June, nearly 51,500 children were born in the capital, down about 1,500 over the same period last year. Over 3,800 were third born children, a
yearly decrease of 614.Some areas still see a high number of third born children and an imbalanced birth gender.This year's World Population Day falls on July 11 and carries the theme "Investing in young people".