On Sunday, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, inaugurated the first mohalla clinic in the city. The AAP government has planned to set up 1,000 such clinics in a year.
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, inaugurated the first ‘mohalla clinic’ on Sunday in the Rajiv Gandhi JJ Punjabi Colony, which is a relief camp in the area of Peeragarhi.
This is the first of thousand such clinics that the AAP government is aiming to set up in the national capital. The main reason behind building such clinics is to reduce the workload and rush in big hospitals.
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“These clinics are air-conditioned to give a private hospital-like atmosphere. The poor will be given services for free that only the rich can afford. At least 50 basic tests can be done at these mohalla clinics. So, consequently your waiting time for getting bigger diseases diagnosed in big hospitals will be reduced” – Arvind Kejriwal said during the inauguration.Partner Story#MGChangemakers - Episode 2: THE 21-YEAR JOURNEY OF CHANGE | Driving India Into Future
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It is a small clinic which is made up of two rooms. There is a waiting room, which is also a pharmacy and then there is the washroom. The doctor’s chamber is built such that only one patient can be treated at a time. Each patient is allowed approximately 10 minutes with the doctor. The clinic will run from 8 am to 2 pm.
Once registered on the Swasthya Slate, patients will be able to access their records by sending in their ID and password via an SMS.
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“The slate stores electronic medical records and pushes the data onto a cloud which connects a mohalla clinic in Peeragarhi to let’s say another in Najafgarh” – Dr Sunil S Raj, Director of public health at Public Health Foundation, as quoted in The Times of India
Hopefully, Delhi will witness more such clinics and the burden will indeed be lifted off the big hospitals.