The success of mohalla clinics -Soham D Bhaduri
Delhi poll verdict shows aligning political expediency with actual health needs of the country seems possible
A by-product of the Delhi assembly election results was the political vindication of the idea of ‘Mohalla clinics’. The lessons offered by these institutions and their implications for Indian healthcare merit discussion.
The first Mohalla clinic was opened in West Delhi in 2015 as part of an initiative of the Delhi state government to open 1,000 such clinics by the end of 2016. However, the target could not be reached because of problems in land acquisition and bureaucratic bottlenecks. These clinics envisaged the provisioning of primary care along with a package of free medicines and diagnostics to all without any reservation, even though their location meant that they would cater to the urban slum population. The idea was applauded widely, even by international experts. Many states expressed their intent to emulate the model, with Hyderabad proceeding to begin ‘Basti Dawakhanas’ in 2018.
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The Telegraph, 10 March, 2020, https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/delhi-assembly-elections-2020-the-success-of-mohalla-clinics/cid/1752383?ref=opinion_home-template