Vietnam metro provides free contraceptives to citizens

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The Ho Chi Minh City government will dole out free contraceptives to all as part of its family planning and population policies for 2011-15.

The People's Committee has announced that people who have lived in the city for at least six months will receive free contraceptives from March 15.

The contraceptives will be delivered to all clinics and hospitals in the city from where they can be obtained.

Those who opt for sterilization will receive VND1 million (US$48) and medicines free of charge.

People who used birth control methods that failed or caused complications will get free treatment.

According to a census done by the Statistics Department in 2010, the city's population was around 7.4 million, with 3,531 people living per square kilometer.

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