Wednesday 13 December 2017

Thailand celebrates Valentine's Day by handing out pills 'to make women pregnant'

Couples show sign their marriage certificates in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Thai government is distributing pills it calls
Couples show sign their marriage certificates in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Thai government is distributing pills it calls "very magical vitamins" to prospective mothers boost the country's falling birthrate. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Kaweewit Kaewjinda

The Thai government is handing out pills to prospective mothers on Valentine's Day in the hope of boosting the country's falling birthrate.

Government employees took to the streets of Bangkok on Tuesday to distribute 1 million baht's worth (£22,800) of prenatal vitamins containing folic acid and iron to women between the ages of 20 and 34.

The giveaway is part of a programme called "the campaign for red-cheeked Thai women to have children for the country using very magical vitamins".

Thai couples are getting married less often and later in their lives, meaning fewer children each year.

"The Thai way of life is changing," said Dr Wachira Pengjuntr, director of the health department.

"Thai women are receiving higher education and the newer generation are placing a higher value on being single."

Thailand's population grew only 0.4pc in 2015, down from 2.7pc in 1970.

If this trend continues, the annual Thai population growth will be down to 0pc in a decade, Dr Wachira said.

Press Association

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