• Hindustan Times, Advantages of Mohalla Clinics
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 00:10 IST
AAP claims that its public funded initiative is aimed as a pressure tactic to force the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation to clean up its act to provide quality health care to the citizens (HT File Photo)

attending their private patients and there is a constant shortage of medicines,” said Jain.

“We are introducing a model where we will have a General Practitioner for at least five hours daily along with a specialist doctor. We will conduct 100 tests free of cost and also provide basic medicines free of cost,” he added. The First clinic will be opened at Kamani Estate, Kurla on August 23 by AAP leader Sanjay Singh. The space has been provided by an AAP volunteer and Rs 2 lakh has been spent on the interiors.

The BMC has 182 primary health care centres in the city which are in bad shape thus forcing patients to rely on bigger hospitals. The result being that the tertiary hospitals have to bear the load of these patients thus putting lot of pressure on the whole healthcare system.

Starting the Mohalla clinics was one of the revolutionary steps taken by the Arvind Kejriwal government to reduce the load on tertiary hospitals. Another aim was to provide free and prompt healthcare to poor people in a clean environment. The doctors in the clinics are equipped with smart tablets to collate the data of patients from several devises like Blood Pressure monitor, glucometer and ECG. Currently there are 75 such hospitals in Delhi and the government has planned to have 1000 by the end of the year.

1)It is a neighbourhood primary health care centre which provides basic health care free of cost.

2)It has all modern facilities in place and patients details are collated in tabs, which saves cumbersome paper work.

3)It reduces the load on tertiary hospitals.

4)More than 100 tests would be done free of cost.

5)Medicines would be provided free of cost.

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