On December 21st, 2023, Mr. Anukul Peedkaew, the Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), published statistical data on the NationalThailand website on the rate of Thai children being born in the past year, showing the lowest rates in 71 years.
According to a statistic by MSDHS, the recent data on birth rates in 2023 showed that there were only 502,000 newborn babies, however, the goal was set at 700,000. It was the lowest birth rate in 71 years.
Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin commented regarding the statistical data on X, or formerly Twitter, that he was astounded by the statistics, however, he was aware of women’s rights that they have over their bodies to decide whether to have children or not.
As the Prime Minister of Thailand, he had a duty to enhance the quality of life, economy, and security of all Thai citizens so that they would have quality education and decent jobs with a work-life balance. The Thai government will mark the issue as important and find solutions further, said Srettha.