18 July 2016
Vietnam’s General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP) said on Monday that no fewer than 6,000 teen abortion cases were reported in the country annually.
Dinh Duong, Head of GOPFP’s Communication and Education Department, said that in 2015 alone, Vietnam had a total of around 280,000 abortion cases, 2 per cent of which were by teenage mothers.
“However, the figures were only collected in public medical facilities.
“With psychological fears, many teenagers choose to come to private healthcare ones,’’ he said, adding that the real figures must have been much higher.
Dinh said that in spite of downward trend over the past few years, the rate of teen pregnancy in Vietnam had gone up.
Statistics by GOPFP showed that among every 100 girls, no fewer than three get pregnant during their teenage years.