On Dec. 12, the Jeju arm of the Democratic Labor Party held a specialist panel on the establishment of provincial postnatal care center in Seogwipo City to minimize the number of “birth tours” taken by expectant mothers to Jeju City.
According to research presented at the discussion, out of 1,416 registered newborns in Seogwipo City last year, only 254 infants were born at clinics located there. This means about 1,000 expectant mothers made a “birth trip” to Jeju City.
Though there are six gynecology clinics in Seogwipo, only three are set up for deliveries. Furthermore, there is no postnatal care center in the city.
“Looking at the birth rate for Seogwipo City, there was a 3.5 percent decrease in village areas, and a 14.6 percent decrease in district and town areas over the last three years,” said Kim Jin Sil, a senior researcher at the Social Trend Institute who pointed out the severity of the drop.
On the panel were Jeju provincial assembly member Kim Young Sik, the director of Seogwipo Public Health Center Kim Eun Hyung, Jeju National University Professor of Medicine Park Hyung Geun, and Jeju Development Institute researcher Jung Young Tae. It was moderated by assembly member Kang Kyung Sik.
(Translated by Angela Kim)
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