At GK mohalla clinic, CM says even upper-middle class patients visiting

CM gets blood pressure checked at the clinic Wednesday

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday inspected the recently inaugurated mohalla clinic in the upscale Greater Kailash area to ascertain the level of satisfaction among residents. During the visit, the CM said residents of the area are no longer going to private hospitals for treatment.

“I am glad to see that even upper-middle class residents are also visiting mohalla clinics for treatment. Earlier, these residents used to go to private hospitals like Fortis and Max but now they are coming to the clinics with prescriptions of private hospitals,” he said, after meeting some residents at the mohalla clinic in Hemkunt Colony, GK 1. He also got his blood pressure checked.

The Delhi government has set an ambitious target to set up 1,000 clinics under its flagship Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic project by year end. Currently, there are 302 mohalla clinics in the capital which double up as primary healthcare centres.

Interacting with patients at the clinic, Kejriwal asked if they were satisfied with the facilities and quality of service. “I am so glad that all of you have faith in government hospitals. Earlier, people used to presume that government hospitals would not be good enough. All clinics are in very good condition and well-maintained,” he said.

Kamal, a Chirag Enclave resident, said it was her first visit to a mohalla clinic and that she had a decent experience at the facility.

Speaking to Rajeev Kakariya from GK-I E Block; Wing Commander Sharma of GK-I Enclave and Sandeep from Pamposh Enclave, Kejriwal said: “I had visited Greater Kailash around one-and-a-half years ago. I was surprised when you had requested me to open a mohalla clinic here. I can see that people from upper-middle class families are also visiting the clinic.”

Earlier this month, Kejriwal had inaugurated 100 new mohalla clinics in the city and said the government is planning to open one mohalla clinic every square kilometre.