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Mohalla clinics: Revisit, approve sites, CM tells Pl Secy
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain (2nd from right), inspects sites for new mohalla clinics in West Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo

Mohalla clinics: Revisit, approve sites, CM tells Pl Secy

21 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

NEW DELHI:Expressing displeasure at "erroneous" site report on new mohalla clinics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday directed Principal Secretary (Health) Raajiv Yaduvanshi to review and approve the sites for new clinics that were previously cited infeasible by officers in the capital.

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Ananya Panda

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20

Expressing displeasure at "erroneous" site report on new mohalla clinics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday directed Principal Secretary (Health) Raajiv Yaduvanshi to review and approve the sites for new clinics that were previously cited infeasible by officers in the capital.

The directions came after Kejriwal accompanied by Health Minister Satyendar Jain today inspected three such sites in Paschim Vihar (RBI Enclave and BG 6) and Saraswati Vihar (E Block).

“It looks to me that most of the sites marked infeasible are having space for mohalla clinics. Get them re-inspected, revisited immediately and get them approved,” Kejriwal tells the Principal Secretary (Health).

Kejriwal said, “This report seems to be totally wrong after all three visited sites today were found to be having so much of space.” If there are still any such reports on site infeasibility, Kejriwal would again go for the inspection of such sites.

Kejriwal said all the three sites had been rejected for construction of new mohalla clinics by officials of the departments concerned were found to be viable on spot. The officials concerned failed to explain when he confronted them about the “constraint of space” they had reported earlier, he said.

“There is so much space here, where is the constraint? It seems there is something wrong with the inspection done, I have seen three sites today, all of them have space and the report submitted says there is no space,” Kejriwal told the officials.

Apart from the three sites mentioned here, in their report the officials are understood to have disapproved several sites on account of inadequate space for new mohalla clinics.

As per the government, a mohalla clinic is supposed to be built in about 50-60 sq meter built up area, in a plot of about 100-150 sq meter and is supposed to refers patients to poly clinics and hospitals for specialised care.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has promised to set up 1,000 mohalla clinics for providing basic health facilities across the capital as a part of its three layered healthcare reforms.

There are currently 102 such clinics operating at rented accommodations and 56 at porta cabins. The government has earmarked Rs 403 crore for its mohalla clinics and policlinics alone in this year’s health outlay.

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