CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will launch the scheme to distribute baby beds with mosquito nets to newborns delivered in civic body hospitals from June 3 on Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's birthday, Mayor M. Subramanian said on Saturday.
Addressing mediapersons after inspecting the beds purchased at a total cost of Rs. 63 lakh, he said that they were procured through Co-optex. The Corporation had procured a total of 18,000 baby beds at a cost of Rs.350 each. The baby beds, which are washable and have small pillows, could be used for babies aged up to one year.
Mr. Subramanian said that various schemes had been introduced to encourage more mothers to come to civic body hospitals. In the last two years, 29,000 gift packs for babies have been presented at a cost of Rs.12 lakh. Gold rings weighing one gram each were presented to 750 babies born in civic body hospitals and given Tamil names at a total cost of Rs.12 lakh. Orders had been placed for 2,500 more rings, he said.
A total of 15,000 one-time use delivery kits have been used so far. In 2008-09, the number of deliveries in Corporation hospitals was 14,359 and in 2009-10 it increased to 16,503. He said this number was set to increase with eight more 24-hour maternity hospitals coming up in different zones.
Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni and Deputy Commissioner (Health) P.Jyothi Nirmala spoke.