AAP govt to start 20 polyclinics

The Aam Aadmi Party government will start 20 polyclinics on Sunday – a year after the party came to power. It will be some time before the polyclinics start offering diagnostic services too.

The clinics will be under the state-run hospitals in which doctors from the existing hospitals will be on duties at the polyclinics.

Currently two polyclinics are functional – one at Kanti Nagar and the other at Kalyanvas. 

“The government will start 20 polyclinics on Sunday. There will be specialists at these polyclinics. Doctors will be posted at the polyclinics on a rotational basis. The clinics are an extension of the hospitals under which these will function,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain told reporters on Friday.

The government targets to come up with 100 polyclinics by the end of this year, he added.

The hospitals which will have polyclinics functioning under it are GTB Hospital, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, DDU Hospital, Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, Dr B S Ambedkar Hospital, Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, Maharishi Valmiki Hospital, LNJP, Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, among others.

OPD services The polyclinics will offer OPD services in medicine, surgery, paediatrics, orthopaedics, ENT, eye, skin and psychiatry. 

The clinics will have basic diagnostic services like X-ray, ultrasound and ECG facilities. “But it will take at least six months before these services are offered at the polyclinics. Currently, these do not have the equipment,” said Jain.

The AAP had promised to come up with 150 polyclinics in the Capital to decongest the hospitals. 

The government aims to build a three-tier model in which patients go to mohalla clinics and polyclinics for OPD services. In the long-run, hospitals will be tertiary-care service providers where patients are admitted for treatment.     

Currently, the Kanti Nagar polyclinic is seeing around 1,200 patients daily, said Jain. The existing dispensaries are being turned into polyclinics. “The dispensaries did not have specialist doctors which the polyclinics will have,” the minister said.

The government has come up with only one mohalla clinic till now at Peeragarhi in West Delhi of the promised 1,000 mohalla clinics.

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