Maternity clinics islandwide are to be upgraded with extra facilities including rest rooms and play areas for children who accompany their mothers.
The first was opened in the Gampaha district, where three more centres will be opened shortly.
Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa told the Sunday Times that facilities are being provided as some of the maternity clinics lack basic facilities, with no proper toilets, change rooms or rest areas.
“In some places, maternity clinics have been set up in dilapidated buildings about to collapse. We want to change this,” he said.
He said, facilities similar to those set up at the Gampaha centres, will also be made available at other clinics islandwide. “I will be instructing the respective local councils to ensure that they put up the same facilities,” he added.
He said that the Economic Affairs Ministry will be funding the projects.
The centre already opened and others under construction have TV facilities.
The centres will also have auditoriums where medical staff will be able to conduct educational and awareness programmes for those attending the clinics.