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Mohalla Clinic: How this small step by AAP will change the healthcare system of Delhi

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By Ishan Kukreti

In a move much appreciated by the locals, a one of its kind medical unit, Mohalla Clinic is up and running in Piragarhi Relief Camp. The camp did not have any medical facility before this.

“Earlier we had to go to Paschim Vihar for any medical problem. It is easy for us now,” said Surendra Kohli, a TB patients and a resident of the camp.

Mohalla Clinic is a peripheral health care unit which is aimed at providing better medical facility to the weaker sections. The clinic at Pira Garhi is part of a bigger project where 500 such units will be installed in various economically weak regions of Delhi.

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“This is a first of its kind demonstrative unit. We will run this and understand the problems. Then these problems will be ironed out and 500 such Mohalla Clinics will be set up in Delhi this year. ” Project manager PWD, Ashok Rajdev told NewsGram.

The Mohalla Clinic right now has a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist and a technician. The registration process is completely digital and is done through a ‘Swasthya Slate’.

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M0halla Clinic’s ‘Swasthya Slate’

 

A lot of people have been visiting the clinic since it became operational last week, with 72 patients in the just the first 2 hours of its opening. Although the work load on staff is a lot, their positive and hard working attitude is inspiring.

“Yes, we are a small group, but we have to make this project successful. That’s our challenge and we will do it” Bhavna, who is the pharmacist of the clinic said.

 

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Bhavna takes her job as a challenge where she has to prove herself.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain officially inspected the Mohalla Clinic today and made suggestions to improve the facility. He pointed towards the need to have facilities like drinking water dispenser, a token vending machine for the proper management of patients and provision for blood testing.

The people of the camp are undoubtedly very happy. A resident of the area, Manjit Kaur, while talking to NewsGram said that previous governments have not done anything for the area and AAP’s initiative is very noble and thoughtful. However, at the same time, she pointed out the problems due to the absence of proper roads and PDS store in the area.

“We have ration cards but there is no government outlet here. Even the roads get water logged during the rains and give rise to mosquitoes and Malaria,”  she said.

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  • Jagdish Kumar Bhutani

    The aim should be manage more than 80 percent of common diseases which have an insignificant or self-limiting course .
    Another thing which must be added to this is a HEALTH EDUCATOR who can teach the fundamentals of basic hygiene, nutrition and first aids.

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BJP slams Arvind Kejriwal as Max Hospital resumes operations

The hospital had appealed to the appellate authority to revoke the cancellation of the licence.

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A few days ago Max hospital licence was cancelled by the city government for declaring a live newborn baby dead

New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday slammed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government soon after Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, resumed its operations, days after its licence was cancelled by the city government for declaring a live newborn baby dead.

“Chief Minister Kejriwal needs to tell Delhi what deal did he strike with the Max Hospital administration for preparing a legally weak case that could not stand for a single date?” Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari told reporters.

“The restoration of medical services at Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh is no surprise for us, in fact, it was expected,” the BJP MP from northeast Delhi said. Tiwari’s remarks came soon after Max Hospital, earlier on Wednesday, said operations were resumed after the Court of Finance Commissioner on Tuesday put on hold the government’s December 8 order.

The hospital had appealed to the appellate authority to revoke the cancellation of the licence. Lashing out at Kejriwal, Tiwari said: “He is master at scripting such gimmicks with which he can emotionally attach to people for political gains. The legally unsubstantiated ban was just aimed to mislead people.”

On December 8, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government cancelled the 250-bed hospital’s licence after its doctors on November 30 declared a premature newborn baby dead. He was found to be alive when his parents took his body for the final rites.  The baby died a week later due to “infection and other medical problems”.