In its annual report 2014-15, the commission has highlighted the health and education status of south Delhi’s Okhla and Mustafabad in east Delhi.The report was recently submitted to Delhi government for consideration, said commission secretary K K Jindal.
Okhla, which consists of a dozen minority-dominated colonies including Zakir Nagar, Batla House, Noor Nagar, Gaffar Manzil, Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal Enclave has just two government dispensaries to take care of its 6-7 lakh residents. The report states that while the area has no allopathic health centre being run by South Corporation, there are ayurvedic and Unani dispensaries at Sari Julena and Taimur Nagar.Okhla also does not have any maternity home or facility for women and child care, it said.
MCD officials have emphasised the need for of a well-equipped health facility for the large, “underserved” population.Delhi government and MCD run 17 schools here. “Keeping in view the parameters for health and education services, Okhla is underserved, which is causing hardships to the people here,” states the report.
In Mustafabad, which comprises half a dozen minority colonies, the health and education scene is not much different. East Corporation’s primary school is in an “appalling” situation, being run from a three-room accommodation.
Delhi government and MCD health officials also apprised the commission of the “acute shortage” of medical facilities in the area. The report has identified unavailability of land as one hurdle in establishing more facilities in these thickly populated areas.