After Kofi Annan, Delhi’s Mohalla Clinic Appreciated By Another World Leader
After the former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Annan, former World Health Organisation Director General and former Prime Minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland appreciated the Mohalla clinics of the Delhi’s AAP government.
Delhi government's programme has become quite popular with the residents in the national Capital with the number of people visiting the centres picking up since it was launched in July 2015. The Lancet, one of the oldest medical journals in the world has also applauded their good work.
The introduction of free health clinics in New Delhi was started with the basic idea to take diagnostics and treat people in their locality which will eventually reduce the number of people visiting the tertiary care hospitals.
The Mohalla clinics offer 110 essential drugs and 212 diagnostic tests to people absolutely free. Four clinics are being operated at night shelters to take care of the homeless and needy people who often don’t get access to proper medical facilities.
The clinics are equipped with smart-tablets that are able to collect data from several medical devices like ECG, pulse oximeter, glucometer, BP monitor, etc. have reduced the manpower costs and have increased efficiency to a great extent.
The consultations are completely digital, thus making the entire procedure environment friendly. The medical details of every patient is available on the cloud, hence accessible anytime, anywhere.
In a letter to Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Annan said, “You have scaled up the provision of universal free health services, most notably in providing free primary healthcare services through your new Mohalla Clinics". He also termed the scheme “successful and impressive”. “We believe you could further extend health coverage in Delhi and provide further important lessons for other Indian States embarking on their Universal Health Coverage journeys”, he added.
As per a report in HT, Brundtland said, “They (the government) are also providing access to free essential medicines and diagnostic tests throughout the entire public health system. This is reducing the need for people to buy medicine over-the-counter from private drug shops, which we know is one of the factors driving anti-microbial resistance in India and across the world”.
She said, “The healthcare reforms being undertaken in Delhi strike me as an excellent strategy to build an exclusive health system in India and bring UHC to its people". "In seven months since their launch, these clinics have seen an astonishing 1.5 million people visiting them, indicating the huge unmet demand of free universal healthcare in India,” she further added. The appreciation was received during Prince Mahidol Award Conference at Bangkok, Thailand after Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain gave a presentation on Mohalla clinics.
As of now, 110 Mohalla clinics have treated around 1.5 million people between April and December. Delhi government further plans to build 1,000 such clinics across the city by 31st March. Also, the dental facilities will be made available at the clinics. AAP has done a great work and we hope that people will reap more benefits by this project in the days to come. We wish luck to the Delhi government and its people.