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Government Looks To Expand Mohalla Clinic Reach

New Delhi: Delhi government is all set to expand the network of mohalla clinics in a mission mode. The aim is to ensure that the primary healthcare facility reaches all the residents in their neighbourhood. The government is planning to open 351 clinics by April this year.

At a meeting held at Delhi Secretariat on Thursday, health minister Satyendar Jain reviewed the status of the existing clinics and directed the authorities present to expand the network of the healthcare facility in the national capital. Jain also ordered installation of CCTV cameras inside the diagnostic labs to keep an eye on malpractices. The authorities have been instructed to regularly monitor the availability of medicines.

It was noted in the review meeting that the number of patients visiting mohalla clinics was rapidly growing. It prompted the health minister to emphasise on the need to digitise prescriptions for diagnostic tests through test referral reports. “Digitisation of prescriptions and reports will smoothen the functioning of the centres. As the state-run healthcare facilities expand in number, the monitoring system too will need regular upgrading,” Jain stated in the meeting.

Mohalla clinics have been one of the most talked about projects of the AAP government. The model has already been emulated by a few states. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biocon CMD, had on Wednesday described the mohalla clinic facility as a step in the right direction towards achieving the sustainable development goal of universal health coverage.

After visiting the facility in Saket, she had tweeted: “Just visited a mohalla clinic in Saket, Delhi, which was most impressive. Neat and clean and very efficient. I spoke to the people who said it was a boon for the mohalla. Need to replicate this model across the country.” In a video message, she added that she was very impressed with the way it is conceived.

Over 450 mohalla clinics have been opened so far in Delhi. In its previous term, the government had planned to open 1,000 such clinics, but it could not materialise mainly due to the tussle with Centre and issues related to availability of land. Aam Aadmi Party has recently promised in its 10-point guarantee card that holistic healthcare facilities will be provided to every family through mohalla clinics and state-of-the-art hospitals.- Times Of India  

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