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Birth certificates to be issued within 24 hours

Staff Reporter

Mayor launches scheme for children born in select hospitals

— Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

QUICK RECORD: Mayor M. Subramanian presents an infant’s birth certificate to its mother at Saidapet Corporation Health Centre on Wednesday.

Chennai: The Chennai Corporation plans to introduce its scheme to provide birth certificates for newborns within 24 hours of their birth in major private hospitals too.

Mayor M. Subramanian on Wednesday launched the scheme for children born in select government hospitals and Corporation health posts. The free service has been made possible because of the computerisation of birth and death details. A birth registration clerk in major Government/ Corporation hospitals can enter relevant details in the online facility and print out the certificate.

At present, private hospitals provide the birth details in their own format to parents, who have to produce the document at the zonal office to get a birth certificate. Major private hospitals, in future, would be allowed to enter the details online in the same format and a printed document would be attested at the Corporation zonal office.

Name inclusion

The Mayor said the certificates would include the name of the child if the parents had decided on one. In case they required time, they could get the name included in the certificate at a later date.

The facility is now available at Government Hospital for Women and Children (1,700 births every month) in Egmore; Government RSRM Hospital (1,200) in Royapuram; Kasturba Gandhi Hospital (1,200) in Triplicane; Government Kilpauk Hospital (1,200); Corporation Health Centre (250) in Saidapet and Corporation Health Centre in Perumalpet (200).

The scheme is also applicable to children born in 17 Corporation health posts. Their birth certificates would be issued by the zonal offices concerned.

Stanley hospital cases

Responding to a query on the condition of a set of Stanley Medical College students who had fallen ill, the Mayor said their health was being monitored closely. He said there had been fears that the fever was dengue but that it was yet to be confirmed in the medical tests. With regards to complaints of garbage heaps on the Stanley Medical College and Hospital grounds, the Mayor clarified that the Corporation did not handle clearance on the premises and t the hospital was in charge. However, the State Health Department would check the complaints, he said.

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