21 Mohalla clinics thrown open to public

21 Mohalla clinics thrown open to public

AAP aims to start 1,000 new clinics in 2016-17

 Acting swiftly on promises made in Budget, the Delhi government launched 21 mohalla clinics to provide health facilities close to homes. But the Opposition BJP alleged nepotism and poor arrangements at the new facilities.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the new colony-based facilities taking the tally of such convenient clinics in the city to 22 within days of announcement in the Budget to start 1,000 new mohalla clinics in 2016-17.

“21 mohalla clinics inaugurated today. Delhi on fast track,” tweeted Kejriwal soon after the inaugural event at the Munirka clinic in south Delhi.

At the inauguration function, the Chief Minsiter said: “We are spending just Rs 20 lakh on each clinic. Earlier, setting up a dispensary cost Rs 5 crore.” Highlighting free treatment and medicines at the clinic, Kejriwal said: “You do not need to go to a private doctor anymore.”Health remained a priority in Kejriwal government’s Budget in which the government planned to add 10,000 beds in hospitals and open 1,000 mohalla clinics.

Kejriwal said the government was committed to provide a three-tier public health system with mohalla clinics in the first tier, followed by polyclinics in the second and speciality hospitals in the third tier.

The mohalla clinics offer facilities like OPD, free tests and medicines and counselling on family welfare, lifestyle disease and de-addiction.

Out of the 21 new clinics, the most number of five mohalla clinics were opened in the north-east district, followed by four in the east district.

The BJP alleged nepotism in selecting the clinic locations, claiming 12 out of 21 clinics have been opened in properties of local AAP workers or leaders.

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay claimed the clinics were inaugurated hastily.
“The government claimed inaugurating a clinic at 195-A, Hari Nagar Ashram in Jangpura assembly constituency but patients who visited the clinic were greeted by a board which said no clinic had been opened here,” he said.

He alleged 12 out of 21 clinics have been opened on properties of local AAP workers or leaders who can gain from the monthly rents. He said it was found on verification there was no provision for medical tests or ramps for disabled patients.

“At some places, just two health workers were present and there were no doctors,” said Upadhyay.

Upadhyay said the mohalla clinic opened in R K Puram is situated in the house of AAP MLA Promila Tokas. The clinic in Todapur in Rajender Nagar has been opened in the house of ruling party’s youth coordinator Nitin Yadav, he claimed.

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