Ho Chi Minh City saw an alarming gender imbalance as among newborns in the first four months of this year with a birth rate of 115 boys for every 100 girls, compared to 110 for every 100 in late 2008, said a municipal senior official.

Speaking at a meeting in response to World Population Day (July 11) held in the city on July 3, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said that although the gender imbalance at birth does not have an immediate impact, it will cause a surplus of boys over girls in the following years with such social implications as an imbalance in population structure and an increase in social problems.

In the second half of 2009, HCM City will step up family planning campaigns and improve reproductive health care services and consultations for people in areas with dense populations and high birth rates, she said.

On the occasion, the city’s Department of Population and Family Planning held a ceremony to commend individuals and units with outstanding performance in population work./.