Staff Reporter

They will be upgraded under the National Rural Health Mission to provide quality healthcare

ERODE: All primary health centres (PHCs) in the district will be upgraded to maternity centres by 2009, Collector Mahesan Kasirajan has said.

Participating in a programme held here on Friday, he said under the National Rural Health Mission, all the PHCs in the district will be upgraded into maternity centres.

At present only 32 PHCs offer maternity services.

The move was to make available quality health care, he said and quipped, “A child well born is half healthy.”

He pointed out that the number of deaths during child delivery had come down from 41 in 2006-07 to 37 in 2007-08. Likewise, the death of child too has come down from 590 to 320 in the same period.

Mr. Kasirajan said that the death had to be viewed from a large perspective in that the number had come down when more people had turned to maternity centres.

From 2,485 deliveries in 2006-07 the number has increased about threefold to touch 6,400 in 2007-08.

The good news in delivery has been matched by increase in funds. The Collector said in 2007-08 the district administration had received Rs. 75.5 lakh for upgrade of PHCs.

This is in addition to the Rs. 53.6 lakh received for development of panchayats and town panchayats, Rs. 15 lakh for Government hospitals’ betterment and Rs. 80.67 lakh for welfare of pregnant women.

Following the Collector’s speech, Chief Ophthalmologist, Erode, M. Ravikumar, conducted the one-day workshop on eye care.

Joint Director of Health Services V. Nagarajan welcomed the gathering.