“In the last 16 months, since the BJP-led government came to power at the Centre, nothing has happened. The Prime Minister should seriously ponder over this and take corrective steps,” Kejriwal said at the inauguration of a polyclinic in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar.
Kejriwal also mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, unlike his monthly radio programme, the AAP government speaks the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of the common man. “Our government gives less speeches and works more. There are a few parties which speak more and work less. They face Bihar-like situations,” he said.
The first such clinic was opened in Peeragarhi relief camp in July. “On Tuesday, in the cabinet meeting we will most probably pass the budget to open 1,000 mohalla clinics. Work will then immediately start and we hope to complete it in six to eight months,” Kejriwal said.
There are more than 200 existing primary health centres in Delhi of which 79 are run from rented premises. They lack basic facilities, including availability of essential medicines and doctors. Health minister Satyendar Jain said that primary health centres being run from dilapidated buildings will be renovated.
Jain said the functioning of the polyclinic in Gandhi Nagar will be closely monitored since it will serve as the model for setting-up of 100 such clinics across the capital. It will provide facilities for essential medical tests, apart from free consultation.
Delhi government also proposes to set-up a three-tier public healthcare system: mohalla clinics, polyclinics and hospitals. “Mohalla clinics will provide primary healthcare and ease the rush to OPDs of hospitals. Polyclinics will function as a link between primary and main healthcare,” Jain said.