Land iden­ti­fied for 800 mo­halla clin­ics: Jain

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NEW DELHI: Af­ter is­su­ing no­tice on the is­sue of giv­ing land for mo­halla clin­ics, the Delhi High Court on Wed­nes­day asked the cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up such clin­ics in ev­ery part of the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

To this end, the Delhi gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied 800 sites for mo­halla clin­ics across the city, Delhi Health Min­is­ter Satyen­der Jain said on Thurs­day while brief­ing me­dia per­sons at his of­fice.

Jain ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness over the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor's ap­proval to the pro­posal of mo­halla clin­ics last week, which had been pend­ing since May 2017.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment said sev­eral free sites in Delhi have been iden­ti­fied for th­ese clin­ics, for which a pro­posal for neigh­bour­hood health fa­cil­ity scheme has been ap­proved.

The ob­jec­tive is to make avail­able med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to city's res­i­dents at ev­ery two kilo­me­tres, the Delhi gov­ern­ment said.

The mo­halla clin­ics projects had been stalled for a long time, ow­ing to land al­lot­ments, as well bu­reau­cratic red-tapism. Ini­tially, Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity was re­luc­tant to al­lot lands for mo­halla clin­ics.

How­ever, LG Anil Bai­jal later green lit the project, af­ter di­rect­ing that con­di­tions laid down by the land own­ing agen­cies con­cerned for land use and con­struc­tion of any tem­po­rary struc­ture must be strictly fol­lowed.

''The Health Depart­ment shall not trans­fer, as­sign or oth­er­wise part with the own­er­ship or pos­ses­sion of the whole or any part of the said land in any man­ner,'' Bai­jal stated.

''Fur­ther, wher­ever re­quired, statu­tory per­mis- sions and no ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates must be ob­tained from the lo­cal bod­ies/depart­ment con­cerned,'' said the L-G.

"In the last year, the mo­halla or com­mu­nity clin­ics of Delhi have re­ceived a lot of in­ter­est. Th­ese clin­ics can ar­guably be cred­ited to place health higher in the main­stream po­lit­i­cal dis­course.

"In one year of func­tion­ing, from 167-odd clin­ics, an es­ti­mated 26 lakh peo­ple re­port­edly availed health ser­vices," said Jain.

At a rate of 50-70 pa­tients per day for 25 work­ing days a month at each clinic, the project has fairly per­formed well in pro­vid­ing health­care.

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The Delhi gov­ern­ment said sev­eral free sites in Delhi have been iden­ti­fied for th­ese clin­ics

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