Polyclinics and mohalla clinics are considered as flagship programmes of the Arvind Kejriwal government. But lack of doctors to attend patients and proper equipment is thwarting the initiative to achieve optimum results, according to Indian Express report. Polyclinics are part of the AAP government’s ambitious plan to introduce a three-tier structure for the betterment of primary healthcare. In November last year, Chief Minister Kejriwal had inaugurated the city’s first polyclinic in Kanti Nagar in of East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar. Earlier on March 14, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that AAP government was planning to start 150 polyclinics and 1,000 mohalla clinics by the year-end. “These polyclinics are mini-hospitals. Here one can get specialists of surgery, paediatrics, orthpaedics and also all kinds of test facilities and medicines will be available,” Jain was quoted as saying by PTI.
But OPD of the capital’s first polyclinic in east Delhi’s Kanti Nagar lacks basic equipment. While the Eye OPD lacks retinoscope as it is yet to be installed, Orthopaedic OPD does not have X-ray machine physiotherapist.
As per the AAP’s ambitious primary healthcare plan, the first tier would have 1,000 mohalla clinics to address common healthcare needs. Patients with specialised needs would be referred to the second tier — the polyclinics. As per the government’s plan, polyclinics are specialist OPDs where medicine, gynaecology and paediatrics specialists are available every day and orthopaedics, eye and ENT specialists are available on selected days of the week. Close to two years later, 24 polyclinics have come up.