Civic body has upgraded the hospital at a cost of Rs.1.29 crore

The Chennai Corporation's 24-hour maternity centre with 60 beds in Aynavaram will become functional when Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurates it on July 16.

With its inauguration, the civic body will have a total of 800 beds at its 10 maternity hospitals in the city. Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said that with this, each of the 10 Corporation zones will have a 24-hour maternity centre. Each centre has been provided about 60 to 100 beds based on the requirement of the locality, he said.

The renovated hospital would have a paediatric block, an outpatient block, intensive care unit facility, a lift and a ramp to transport pregnant women to the birthing room and an air-conditioned operation theatre.

Built in 1952

The hospital, built in 1952 as a Corporation Welfare Centre, has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1.29 crore to provide a much-needed round-the-clock hospital in the area.

According to Corporation officials, about 120 to 130 babies are born at the centre. The hospital would also have a conference room and a room for duty doctors to stay overnight.

Work is in progress in six other health posts to provide outpatient facilities, including amenities such as ECG and laboratory testing services, Mr. Lakhoni said.

More health facilities

Besides the Aynavaram centre, Mr. Stalin would also inaugurate four other health facilities of which two are dispensaries. The dispensaries in Vyasarpadi Sathyamurthy Nagar and Chandira Yogi Samadi Street have been upgraded at a cost of Rs. 65.20 lakh and Rs. 29.18 lakh respectively.

On July 16, Mr. Stalin would also inaugurate three parks, two swimming pools, seven kitchens, 10 school buildings and 33 noon meal centres and gyms.

He would also throw open for public use an auditorium, a night school and a centre for performing last rites, according to a Corporation release.

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