BANGALORE: Delhi got its first ‘Aam Aadmi Clinic’ as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the clinic at Peeragarhi Relief Camp, West Delhi. While delivering a speech during the inauguration of the first clinic, Kejriwal mentioned that his government will set up 1,000 such healthcares centers this year, reports Firstpost.
As per the maiden budget, the Delhi government allocated 125 crore for the primary healthcare facilities as such clinics would make healthcare more accessible to the weaker sections with low-cost clinics equipped with diagnostic facilities.
"This clinic has been set up at a very low cost, it has been set up at a cost of around Rs 15-20 lakh, whereas earlier a dispensary used to cost much higher. This clinic has all testing facilities too so patients can get any test, from blood tests to ECG, done," said the Chief Minister at the inauguration of the clinic.
"This is a prototype clinic. 1,000 such clinics will come up in Delhi within a year. Since there are 70 constituencies in Delhi, on an average each of them will have at least 15 such clinics and I have asked the MLAs to identify prospective locations in their respective constituencies," he added.
These clinics will have doctors including specialists like gynecologists and pediatricians visiting once a week. Ambulance facility will also be made available soon. The initiative would lessen the rush at the referral hospitals like All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Safdarjung Hospital, attending patients with severe illness.
"All the receipts and maintenance of medical records will be computerized. We also plan to increase the number of hospital beds to 20,000 in Delhi," said Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
The government also announced its plans to start its Aam Aadmi Canteens similar to the Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu.