Approvals took time, now very close to achieving 1,000 mohalla clinics: Satyendar Jain
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Approvals took time, now very close to achieving 1,000 mohalla clinics: Satyendar Jain

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the ‘biggest hurdle’ of getting approvals has now been cleared and the AAP government will soon set up more mohalla clinics.

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2017 11:02 IST
Annona Dutt
Annona Dutt
Hindustan Times
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Health minister Satyendra refused to give a completion date for the government project to set up 1,000 mohalla clinics in Delhi Currently, there are around 155 working mohalla clinics in Delhi.(HT FILE)

A week after the Lieutenant Governor’s rider-laden approval to set up mohalla clinics, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain has claimed the government is “very close” to achieving its goal.

The Delhi government had set a target of 1,000 mohalla clinics across the national capital. Currently, there are only around 155 of such clinics.

On Facebook Live on Monday, Jain said, “We thought opening the mohalla clinics should be an easy project and we would be able to do it in one or one-and-a-half years time. However, it took us that much time to get the approvals alone. We built 100 clinics, showed the world its benefits and yet the project was stuck. Now, we have crossed the biggest hurdle (of getting approvals) and the clinics should come up soon.”

The minister has refused to give a completion date for the project.

“I have realised that whenever I give a date for projects, they try and prevent it from happening on time,” Jain said, blaming political rivals for creating hurdles in delivering good governance.

Civic bodies unlikely to transfer 121 sites for mohalla clinics to Delhi government

LG Anil Baijal’s nod on September 5 was followed by refusal from municipal corporations to transfer land.

The civic agencies have said that most sites identified are in premises of primary schools, community centres, parks, welfare centres and even on roads. They have said that since this land is already with different departments the municipal corporation cannot transfer the rights for use to Delhi government.

Of the total 1,000 mohalla clinics, the Delhi government plans to set up 300 inside government schools.

“These clinics will help implement school health programmes... there will be a doctor at hand for all medical emergencies. This (model) is better than (the ones in) even Western countries where only a trained nurse is posted in schools,” the health minister said.

Assuring children’s safety, Jain said people will be allowed to visit these clinics only after school hours and there will be a separate entrance.

Brutal crimes against children in schools have earned various governments and private schools in the national capital region harsh criticism and penal action for lax security.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 14:37 IST