In 4 yrs, AAP opened 189 Mo­halla Clin­ics

A to­tal of 214 tests can be done for free through the clin­ics

Millennium Post - - Mp City - ROUSHAN ALI

NEW DELHI: With just four days left for the AAP govern­ment in com­ple­tion of four years, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govern­ment’s big­gest achieve­ment is bridg­ing the gap be­tween peo­ples’ as­pi­ra­tions and the govern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties, Delhi govt spokesper­son said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which took power in Delhi four years ago with a prom­ise to build 1,000 Mo­halla (neigh­bour­hood) Clin­ics in the na­tional cap­i­tal, has man­aged to pro­vide only 189 of the wide­lypraised clin­ics, blam­ing the cen­tral govern­ment for the slow pace of ex­e­cu­tion.

The Aam Aadmi Mo­halla Clinic (AAMC) project — the open­ing of pri­mary health­care cen­tres to en­sure free doc­tor con­sul­ta­tions, tests and medicines to peo­ple — was one of the flag­ship schemes of the AAP for which the ini­tial dead­line was De­cem­ber 2016. But it was ex­tended to March 2017 and the govern­ment failed to meet that tar­get as well.

The clin­ics, func­tional from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on all days ex­cept Sun­days, pro­vide ser­vices like ba­sic med­i­cal care based on stan­dard treat­ment pro­to­cols which in­clude cu­ra­tive care for com­mon ill­nesses like fever, di­ar­rhoea, skin prob­lems, res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, first aid for in­juries and burns, dress­ing and man­age­ment of mi­nor wounds and re­fer­ral ser­vices.

While medicines are pro­vided free of cost to the pa­tients as per the es­sen­tial drug list, the

lab in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out by the em­pan­elled lab­o­ra­to­ries. Of­fi­cials said a to­tal of 214 tests can be done for free through the clin­ics.

The AAP, which came to power in Fe­bru­ary 2015, had a plan to have a clinic each — with a doc­tor, a phar­ma­cist, a clinic as­sis­tant/multitasking worker — in a ra­dius of five kilo­me­tres over a pop­u­la­tion of 10,000-15,000.

The tus­sle be­tween the cen­tral and the Delhi gov­ern­ments has been blamed the most by the AAP for the de­lay in the con­struc­tion of the clin­ics as the govern­ment lacked the power to take de­ci­sions un­til July 4, 2018, when the Supreme Court ruled that Delhi’s Lieu­tenant - Gover­nor was bound by the “aid and ad­vice” of the Delhi govern­ment, bring­ing pow­ers back to the AAP govern­ment.

The Mo­halla Clinic project has been widely praised, in­clud­ing by the late Kofi An­nan, for­mer UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, and Gro Har­lem Brundt­land, for­mer Nor­we­gian Prime Min­is­ter and a for­mer Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tioned that the AAP govern­ment had in De­cem­ber 2017 an­nounced the free di­ag­nos­tic tests for those re­sid­ing in Delhi for the past three years in 37 govern­ment hos­pi­tals across Delhi and whose an­nual fam­ily in­come was un­der Rs 3 lakh.

An­other for­mer UN Sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Ban Ki-moon, along with Brundt­land vis­ited some clin­ics last year and were “deeply im­pressed” by it.

The Delhi govern­ment was pro­vid­ing health care ser­vices through pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary fa­cil­i­ties out of which the pri­mary care is de­liv­ered through dis­pen­saries, sec­ondary health care through mul­ti­spe­cial­ity hos­pi­tals and ter­tiary health care ser­vices through su­per-spe­cial­ity hos­pi­tals.

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