Monday, September 14, 2015

Delhi's #AAP Govt. to strengthen city’s ‘mohalla’ clinic network

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has said that AAP government is working to strengthen Delhi’s network of ‘Mohalla’ or neighbourhood polyclinics along with Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) network to enable city residents in availing medical facilities closer home at affordable costs. He was discussing issues of concerns facing Delhi’s healthcare at the second India Health and Wellness Summit and Awards 2015.

“We are working to put all our resources in healthcare to the right use. We are establishing a network of mohalla clinics along with ASHAs to take first line of healthcare delivery closer to the homes of people. If we have good middle level clinics at the neighborhood level, people will be able to access basic medical facilities more conveniently at more affordable costs and will not need to visit hospitals for every ailment,” said Mr. Jain while speaking at a session at the IHW Summit here.

AAP government has set a target to 1000 mohalla clinics in a year. The idea behind this scheme was to ease the burden on hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, LNJP and GTB Hospital and also to provide affordable healthcare near the home of the patient.

Had the AAP government taken this initiative earlier the current dengue crisis in Delhi could have been averted.