Many babies were born starting from 0:00am on Nov. 1, marking the 90 millionth milestone of Vietnam’s population.
In Hanoi, a 3.1kg baby girl was born at 0:10am at the National Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology based in Hanoi.
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Dr. Nguyen Thien Thai, deputy director of the hospital, said that 10 babies are expected to be delivered at the hospital from 0:00am to 5:00am on Nov. 11.
In Lam Dong central highlands province, a male baby was born to an ethnic minority couple at 0:05am.
In Hue central province, three babies including two males and one female were born concurrently at 0:00 am at the Hue central hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In Ho Chi Minh City, a 4kg baby boy was delivered at Tu Du maternity hospital. Two other babies were born at 0:00am at Hung Vuong hospital.
According to a previous forecast released following a general population census conducted in 1989, the country’s population would reach 90 in 2002 and 105 million in 2010. That means Vietnam will reach 90 million 11 years later than it was forecast.
“This performance is thanks to efforts to reduce birth rates properly by the country in the past years,” Duong Quoc Trong, head of the agency, told Tuoi Tre.
Vietnam is the 14th most populous country in the world and the third in Southeast Asia and with this rank Vietnam is “a powerful country in terms of population,” Trong added.