For the second time in less than a week, a doctor posted at a Mohalla (community) Clinic in Babarpur has tested positive for COVID-19. The authorities have already asked patients who have visited the clinic at the Janta Mazdoor Colony between 12 and 20 March to self-quarantine at home for 15 days.
A notice to this effect from Shahadara District Magistrate has been put at the clinic, saying the doctor has tested positive. People have been asked to report if they develop any symptoms.
Earlier, a doctor at a one of the Mohalla Clinics in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur had tested positive for COVID-19 on 24 March. His wife and his daughter had also tested positive. A total of 800 people who came in contact with him were quarantined for 15 days.
Despite the case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on 26 March that Mohalla Clinics would continue to function but with all precautions.
“It’s a rumour that Mohalla Clinics will be closed. They shall remain open and we will take proper care and ensure safety,” said Kejriwal.
A Mohalla Clinic is a primary health centre with one doctor and at least two pharmacists providing check-ups and medicines for free, providing critical relief for economically weaker sections of society.
The Delhi government has opened around 450 such Mohalla Clinics across the capital since 2015.
Till now, India has reported more than 1,250 positive cases of coronavirus, which includes at least 32 deaths. Meanwhile, the national capital has reported 87 cases which includes 2 deaths and 6 people who have recovered.
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