||"A historical political resource."
Skip work, make babies, governor says
|Last Edited||RP Sep 12, 2007 04:36pm|
|Media||News Service - Reuters|
|News Date||Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||The governor of a central Russian province urged couples to skip work Wednesday and make love instead to help boost Russia's low birth-rate. |
And if a woman gives birth in exactly nine months time -- on Russia's national day on June 12 -- she will qualify for a prize, perhaps even winning a new home.
Regional governor Sergei Morozov told employers to contribute to a Kremlin campaign to boost the birth rate by giving couples Wednesday off to have sex.
This year a record 78 babies were born on June 12 at the main hospital in the regional capital of Ulyanovsk, beating the 2006 total of 26, said chief doctor Andrei Malykh.
"The scheme is working. People want the prizes," he said.