AAP to bring successful Delhi Mohalla Clinics model to city
Flushed by the success of Mohalla (Community) Clinics in Delhi where primary medical care is provided free of cost, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to replicate this model in Mumbai, the first of its kind outside Delhimumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2016 00:23 IST
Flushed by the success of Mohalla (Community) Clinics in Delhi where primary medical care is provided free of cost, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to replicate this model in Mumbai, the first of its kind outside Delhi.
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.
According to Satish Jain, member, AAP (MMR Group), the city desperately needs such centres. “The BMC primary health care centres are in an abyssal state as they lack basic facilities. The doctors come late 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 . We will conduct 100 tests 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 BMC has 182 primary health care centres in the city which are in bad shape thus forcing patients to rely on bigger hospitals. This puts a lot of pressure on the whole healthcare system.
Starting the Mohalla clinics was one of the revolutionary steps taken by the 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