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Ha Nam (VNA) – Gender inequality at birth has increased in the northern province of Ha Nam in recent years, according to the provincial Office of Population and Family Planning.

The office reported that the sex ratio at birth was 112.7 boys to 100 girls in 2016, 112.8 boys to 100 girls in 2017, and 113.6 boys to 100 girls in 2018.

Gender imbalance among newborns happen in six districts and city, mostly in Binh Luc district with 118.8 boys to 100 girls, followed by Ly Nhan district with 114.6 boys to 100 girls. Notably, it becomes alarming in Thanh Nguyen commune, Thanh Liem district (175.7 boys to 100 girls); Chau Son commune, Phu Ly city (166.7 boys to 100 girls); An Lao commune, Binh Luc district (163 boys to 100 girls); and Bac Ly commune, Ly Nhan district (160.7 boys to 100 girls).

Ta Thi Hoa, head of the office, said masculine ideology remains popular in many households while technologies intervening in the choice of gender at birth have developed, resulting in ineffective control of the issue.

There are over 12,900 newborn babies in the locality this year, 1,800 of them are third children, accounting for 14 percent of the total, up 3.76 percent year-on-year.

Hoa said the office will continue stepping up the implementation of Resolution No.21-NQ/TW on population work in the new situation, and spread the motto “Each family should give birth to two children”.

It will also launch a project on controlling gender inequality for the 2016-2025 period, monitoring the supply of family planning services, and inspecting printing establishments to promptly discover violations regarding publications guiding the choice of gender at birth.-VNA