Pb: 75 Mohalla Clinics To Be Inaugurated In Mohali Phase-1, Flagship Programme To Be Launched On Aug 15

The Delhi Model was on the top of the election campaign of the AAP during the recent assembly elections, in which especially the govt schools and Mohalla clinics of Delhi played a major role in promoting the Delhi Model in Punjab. After coming to power, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann assured to fulfill all their poll promises. 

Keeping this in mind, CM Mann on Friday, while chairing a meeting of senior officers, announced the launch of his government’s flagship programme of mohalla clinics with the opening of 75 clinics in the first phase on August 15. CM Mann said his government would fulfill one of its key poll promises with the setting up of these clinics both in urban and rural areas in a phased manner, and also gave nod to convert the non-functional sewa kendras across the state into mohalla clinics, thereby refurbishing such complexes on a uniform pattern with basic interior components including doctor’s room, reception-cum-waiting area, pharmacy, besides separate toilets for staff and visiting patients. Mann asked the secretary, health, to immediately start hiring the services of doctors and paramedics on contract basis, who were willing to offer their services in mohalla clinics. He also sought an action plan for hiring an agency for clinical tests. It was pointed out that the process for recruitment of requisite staff was already underway.

With this, he also directed the principal secretary, public works, to work out the modalities for sprucing-up the interiors of sewa kendras, so that these could be suitably converted into mohalla clinics, and suggested forming clusters of five to six adjoining villages by establishing a mohalla clinic at a central location, so that it is easily accessible to all. 

This would help in bringing the majority of people residing in rural areas within the ambit of mohalla clinics, he said. During the meeting, a brief presentation was made by the senior architect to apprise the chief minister about the various options for the proposed design and layout of these mohalla clinics.

Meanwhile, Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla said the exercise to identify buildings that could be used for mohalla clinics had been going on for a while. “It is also being studied as to how many mohalla clinics are required in the state, depending on what clusters of population can be served with one clinic. We plan to have one unit for at least 5,000 people .We have prepared a detailed plan for recruitment of staff,” he further added.

On the other hand, the secretary, health and family welfare, informed CM Mann about the already existing network of nearly 3,000 sub-centres in rural areas being efficiently manned by the trained paramedic staff headed by the community health officer. Therefore, he mooted a proposal to convert these sub-centres also into mohalla clinics thus widening its scope and outreach so that maximum number of people residing in villages could benefit from the state govt’s unique health care initiative.

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