The Health Ministry has recommended that the government provide support to families with two daughters in an effort to balance the country’s gender ratio, Tuoi Tre reported on Monday.
Vietnamese families should qualify to receive financial support in the form of tuition and health insurance when they have the second girl, Nguyen Van Tan, deputy chief of General Office for Population and Family Planning at the ministry, was quoted as saying.
The recommendation came as part of a project to curb the country’s gender imbalance that the Health Ministry has recently submitted to the government for approval
Other suggested measures included more strongly enforcing the prohibition of sex selection in babies.
According to Tan, Vietnam’s sex ratio last year was 112.3 boys to 100 girls, “a strong increase” from the previous year, adding that it was worse in some Red River Delta provinces, where the ratio reached up to 130 boys to 100 girls.
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