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Kejriwal promises 500 more mohalla clinics by end of year

Kejriwal promises 500 more mohalla clinics by end of year

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that 200 mohalla clinics will be completed by October 15 and another 300 is expected to be completed by December.

"There has been a massive expansion in the health infrastructure in Delhi on various levels. The dispensaries in Delhi were prevailing in adverse conditions, and people had to rush and crowd the big hospitals for simple medical conditions, which is why the Delhi government has constructed 200 Mohalla clinics and construction of 200 more clinics will be completed in another 10-15 days. Construction of additional 300 Mohalla Clinics is being carried out and will be completed by December," the CM said while addressing the people at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

"No other city or nation in the entire world has constructed Primary Healthcare Centers, dispensaries or clinics in such vast numbers. We have constructed around 700-800 Mohalla Clinics in the last five years, for providing free healthcare facilities along with free medications to the people. We are also constructing polyclinics providing day-care facilities to the patients and consisting of healthcare specialists," added the Delhi CM.

"Delhi Government has designed the healthcare system of Delhi in such a way, that it should incorporate 1000 Mohalla Clinics, 122 polyclinics, and Delhi government hospitals thereafter. The hefty cost of treatments has made the state government provide free treatment to people in all the hospitals and primary health clinics. Medicines have been available in hospitals and clinics," he added.

Kejriwal went on to explain "Mohalla clinic is a two-room dispensary with a doctor present. It provides free medication and is apt for seasonal coughs or fever. It is not equipped for patient admission and day-care for serious health issues. On the other hand, polyclinic is a day-care facility where doctors specialising in eight different departments will be present to diagonse people.

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