In order to provide affordable and accessible healthcare, Delhi government has rolled out revamped mohalla clinics
GN Bureau | March 31, 2016
Following the success of Mohalla clinic, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate 21 more Aam Aadmi Mohalla clinics on Thursday. The clinics will house an OPD and patients will have access to free medicines and more than 200 free tests. The clinics will also provide de-addiction counselling, family welfare counselling, life style disease counselling and national programme counselling.
Of the 21 clinics, south-east, south and west districts will have one clinic each, New Delhi, north and Shahdara districts each will have two clinics each, south west district will have three such clinics, east and north-east districts will have four and five clinics respectively.
Delhi has taken a huge leap towards affordable healthcare by opening mohalla clinics. The first Aam Aadmi Mohalla clinic was opened in Peeragarhi in north-west Delhi almost eight months ago. The clinic was a big hit with people in Peeragarhi and surrounding areas who were tired of waiting in long queues at government hospitals.
Earlier this month, Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government had announced that they will open 100 more mohalla clinics on a pilot basis. The government had mandated that the new clinics be housed in rented accommodations and had invited applications from private or retired doctors to run and manage the clinics. The new clinics will operate for four hours from Monday to Friday. The government will pay the doctors Rs 30 per patients they attend which might go up to Rs 40 per patient if they employ someone to assist them. Electricity, water and sewer connections will be provided by the government. The doctors will have to maintain a biometric list of patients.
Delhi government has planned 1000 mohalla clinics for this year.
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