Maternity care at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Tirupparankundram here, which is known for its lead in delivery cases, is set to improve further as a well-equipped infrastructure costing Rs. 50 lakh is to be inaugurated on Monday (February 20).

Official sources in the Public Health Department told “The Hindu” on Sunday that the PHC has been provided with a new maternity ward with additional beds, operation theatre and postnatal ward to meet the volume of delivery cases coming there every month.

“The Tirupparankundram PHC is one of the star PHCs of Madurai district. Every month, more than 40 deliveries are taking place and hence it was in need of physical/ medical infrastructure. Funds for construction of new building were provided by the National Rural Health Mission through the initiative of the Directorate of Public Health, Government of Tamil Nadu,” the official said.

Sellur K. Raju, Minister for Cooperation, will inaugurate the new maternity block in the presence of Corporation Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa and senior health officials.

“District health authorities are taking steps to get additional buildings sanctioned for PHCs wherever necessary. For the Tirupparankundram PHC, the sanction of buildings came more than two years ago and the construction work is now completed,” officials said.

The availability of space, beds and equipment would pave way for doctors to perform family planning operations and caesarean deliveries on the lines expected by the Health Department. Requirements of Tirupparankundram PHC were taken to the attention of NRHM in 2009 itself and it had quickly allotted funds for additional building, a health official said.

Meanwhile, the district health authorities are also gearing up to conduct speciality health camps in all blocks of Madurai district.

The first speciality camp is likely to be started from Samayanallur PHC on February 24 to mark the birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Specialist doctors from the Government Rajaji Hospital and other places will be mobilised for the block-level medical camps. According to health officials, totally 13 speciality medical camps will be conducted in 13 blocks in the district.