Sofia Mulls Law Curbing Roma Birth Rate

Politics | October 9, 2006, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Sofia Mulls Law Curbing Roma Birth Rate Minister Radoslav Gaydarski(R) inaugurated Monday a renovated neonatology clinic with the Multi-profile hospital for active treatment of children diseases in Sofia. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Bulgaria's Health Ministry is considering a law aimed to curb the birth rate among minority groups, particularly Roma.

Minister Radoslav Gaydarski told journalists Monday that if the birth rate among Roma is not limited, the mortality rate in Bulgaria will remain among the highest in Europe, as many of these children do not survive until adult.

Gaydarski suggested also that a meeting of the health ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia - where large populations of Roma live - should be held to tackle the social problems of these groups.

The Health Minister inaugurated Monday a renovated neonatology clinic with the Multi-profile hospital for active treatment of children diseases.
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