Vietnam clinic closed for advising on gender selection at birth

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Health authorities in Dong Nai Province in southern Vietnam have withdrawn the license of a private clinic and fined it VND60 million (US$2,880) for helping women decide the gender of their future babies.

Investigations in early July found the clinic, run by doctor Banh Kim Linh, had advised parents on embryo gender selection for tens of millions of dong a case.

The clinic was registered to provide pediatric check-ups and obstetric ultra scans, but it also ran various tests and sold formula milk, inspectors found.

Vietnam's parents traditionally prefer to have sons, believing that they would maintain the family's traditions and preserve the family's assets.

Vietnam's gender ratio at birth has been rising since 1999.

"The gender ratio has risen to 111 males per 100 females among children under four years old. This is much higher than in 2009, when it was 108.65 males per 100 females," said Duong Quoc Trong, director of the General Office of Population and Family Planning in a statement issued in June last year.

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