Govt urged to make Thailand’s low birthrate part of national agenda

Thailand’s increasingly low birthrate will soon affect the country from social, economic and healthcare aspects, the National Health Commission Office (NHCO) warned at an event on Friday.

At its 4th Policy Dialogue held at the Stock Exchange of Thailand headquarters, NHCO said it was time the government added this concern to the national agenda and took immediate action. It cited that in 2021 alone, Thailand saw 544,570 births compared to 563,650 deaths – there were 19,080 fewer births. The agency estimates that by 2040, the number of children aged one to six will drop to 3.1 million, from the 4.3 million children recorded this year.

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