The birth rate including that of the third child in Ho Chi Minh City has not reduced as planned in the first nine months of the year, population control officials said yesterday.
They were speaking at an inauguration ceremony held to mark the opening of a population division within the city’s Department of Health.
Deputy Chairwoman of the city’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said that the new division would coordinate with districts’ people’s committees to monitor birth control programs, set criteria, find out reasons for birth rate increases and draw up measures to address them.
Deputy Director of HCM City’s Health Department, To Thi Kim Thoa, said at the function that 52,647 babies were born in the first nine months of 2008, up 7,079 (15.5 percent) compared to the same period last year.
The number of third babies born during the period was 2,078 third babies, an increase of 317 babies or 18 percent.
District health departments need to help local authorities formulate plans and propagandize neonatal healthcare and birth control programs, she added.
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