To commemorate the 150th birthday of Indian independence leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Delhi government inaugurated ten new Mohalla clinics in the national capital.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched the new facilities which opened in the CR Park, Greater Kailash-I, Greater Kailash-II, Shahpur Jat, Khirki Flats, Savitri Nagar, Chirag Delhi and Sheikh Sarai areas. Mohalla clinics administer healthcare at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels free of charge, at clinics and dispensaries in the case of primary care; multispecialty cases in the case of secondary care; and multispecialty hospitals in the case of tertiary care.
The state government has set itself a target of constructing 1,000 clinics by the end of the year. At the time of writing, 201 are operational but state health minister Satyender Jain has said the state government is “much confident” about realising this ambition.
The Mohalla clinics have reportedly provided medical services to 16.24 million in four years, Jain said last month. “To a large extent, the mohalla clinics have saved Delhi from the menace of quacks,” he added. “It also provides a great benefit to people. For consultancy, they get to visit the same doctor in each follow-up, much like how it works in private clinics.”
“It is a moment of happiness for us as we turn our promises into reality,” Sisodia said. “Often, ministers promise a lot but fail to deliver. So, I am really happy that we are actually installing the promised…Mohalla clinics.”
Gandhi was outspoken on issues of health and development. The central government used his 150th birthday as an opportunity to reflect on five years of its sanitation campaign, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aims to make India open defecation-free.