Govt to form so­ci­ety to run mo­halla clin­ics

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - [email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: For the smooth func­tion­ing of its am­bi­tious ‘Mo­halla Clinic’ project, the AAP gov­ern­ment has de­cided to form a so­ci­ety to man­age its day-to-day op­er­a­tions.

Officials said the so­ci­ety, to be headed by health min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain, will be reg­is­tered un­der the So­ci­eties Act and run as an au­ton­o­mous body, which will be free to take fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sions. The pro­posal will soon be brought be­fore the cab­i­net for its ap­proval.

With its num­bers in­creas­ing, officials said a sep­a­rate team was needed to han­dle the daily op­er­a­tions of these neigh­bour­hood dis­pen­saries. “A spike in the num­ber of pa­tients at mo­halla clin­ics show the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the scheme,” said an of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

“Since it is com­ing up as par­al­lel health fa­cil­ity, the gov­ern­ment felt the need for a ded­i­cated team of officials and doc­tors to han­dle its rou­tine op­er­a­tions. The so­ci­ety will be given a sep­a­rate bud­get to en­sure the clin­ics do not face short­age of medicines, equip­ment, staff and other fa­cil­i­ties,” he added.

Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, the of­fi­cial said there was a pro­posal to give ‘tablets’ to doc­tors at mo­halla clin­ics to help them main­tain proper record of pa­tients. The pro­posal, how­ever, has been stuck for al­most six months. “Once the so­ci­ety takes over the op­er­a­tions, de­ci­sions to buy medicines and other con­sum­ables shall be taken im­me­di­ately and pro­cure­ment will be ex­pe­dited,” he said.

Cur­rently, around 203 mo­halla clin­ics are func­tional in the cap­i­tal while an­other 150 is ex­pected to be opened within the next few days.

The Aam Aadmi Party gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get of open­ing 800 mo­halla clin­ics by De­cem­ber this year. These clin­ics pro­vide di­ag­nos­tics and treat­ment of sim­ple ail­ments to peo­ple at dis­pen­saries near their lo­cal­i­ties. With grow­ing num­ber of pa­tients, the gov­ern­ment has also started dou­ble-shifts at se­lect mo­halla clin­ics.

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