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19 Aam Aadmi Clinics to be thrown open to public today

19 Aam Aadmi Clinics to be thrown open to public today

Of the clinics to be opened on Sunday, 10 are located in urban areas while nine are in rural areas. Photo: iNDERJEET VERMA



Tribune News Service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, February 24

Finally, 19 more Aam Aadmi Clinics (AACs) will be thrown open to the public on Sunday. Earlier, these were planned to be inaugurated on January 26 but it was postponed. Of the total clinics, 10 are located in urban areas while nine are in rural areas.

With the inauguration of the clinics, the total number of clinics in the district will reach 94.

Locations at which Aam Aadmi Clinics (AACs) are being opened are Subhani Building, Islam Ganj, Mullanpur, Samrala, Macchiwara, Khanna, Doraha, Maloud, Kaniya Hussaini, Sherpur Kalan, Hissowal, Baddowal, Sangowal, Nurpur, Ikolaha, Bilaspur, Sanhewal, Tajpur Road and Dhanansu.

Of these 19 clinics, nine are portable while 10 are in retrofit buildings. Porta cabins are transportable and portable structures. In earlier phases, the AACs were established in buildings of the PHCs, sewa kendras and rural dispensaries but it created a lot of controversies as a result, the funds under the National Health Mission (NHM) were stopped by the Centre. In the absence of space and land for construction of permanent buildings, now the government is using porta cabins to house the clinics.

The building and infrastructure work of the clinics has almost finished. Selection of doctors, pharmacists and clinic assistants has also been finalised. The clinics will be giving 84 essential drugs and over 40 diagnostic services free of cost to the people.

“The clinics are ready and staff have also been finalised and these will be inaugurated on Sunday. The clinics will go a long way in providing better healthcare facilities to the people,” said Civil Surgeon Jasbir Singh Aulakh.

A patient at a clinic said the benefit of these clinics was that doctor was available near their house and time was not wasted while going to the Civil Hospital or health centres.

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