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Many central, southern provinces have low birth rates
The Saigon Times
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Many central, southern provinces have low birth rates

The Saigon Times

Newborns at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Ministry of Health has released lists of localities with low, high and replacement fertility rates - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health has released a list of 21 cities and provinces with low birth rates, applicable in the 2020-2025 period, and all of them are in the central and southern regions.

The ministry has also announced 33 localities with high birth rates and nine others with replacement fertility rates, the local media reported.

Among the 21 localities with low fertility rates, the central region includes Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Danang and Quang Ngai, while the others are in the southern region, such as HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong and Can Tho.

Meanwhile, many localities in the Central Highlands, central and northern regions are in the high birth rate list.

Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Haiphong and six others have reported a replacement fertility rate.

The lists will be the foundation to develop policies, programs, projects and plans relating to the implementation of Vietnam’s population strategy by 2030.

Earlier, the prime minister approved a program to adjust the birth rates among localities until 2030 to narrow the gap in the birth rates among localities and maintain the replacement fertility rate.

Specifically, the total fertility rate of localities with low birth rates was targeted to increase 10%, while that of localities with high fertility rates was expected to decline 10%. Moreover, cities and provinces with the replacement fertility rate should maintain their results.

According to the HCMC Statistics Department, the city had a low fertility rate of 1.39 in 2019, well below the country’s replacement fertility rate. The city’s birth rate is forecast to drop further in the coming periods, directly affecting the city’s population structure.

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