Thai vi­ta­min pills to boost birth rate

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BANGKOK: Thai­land has tried cash bonuses and tax in­cen­tives to boost the coun­try’s birth rate, but on Valen­tine’s Day yes­ter­day it adopted a new ap­proach, hand­ing out vi­ta­min pills. Thai­land is age­ing rapidly and birth rates have dropped sharply from more than six chil­dren per woman in 1960 to 1.5 in 2015, World Bank fig­ures show. In Bangkok, health of­fi­cials handed out folic acid and iron pills in pink boxes at six lo­ca­tions to en­tice cou­ples to pre­pare for preg­nancy. The pills came with leaflets ex­plain­ing how to be healthy in or­der to con­ceive. – Reuters

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