Vietnam likely to become super-aging country by 2050: deputy minister

Vietnam entered an “aging phase” in 2011 and remains among the most rapidly aging countries in the world and, as such, might become a super-aging country by 2050, stated Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong.

Naomi Kitahara, head of the United Nations Population Fund in Vietnam, attributed the rising aging population in Vietnam to the falling birth rate. Vietnam should work out a model to develop the socioeconomy while ensuring benefits for the elderly. The elderly must be a priority in the ASEAN countries’ fight against the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that no one is left behind, Kitahara said, adding that these countries should support the elderly to encourage them to contribute to the society instead of just supporting them.

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