With Delhi hospitals completely overwhelmed due to the sudden surge in new coronavirus cases, citizens have reminded the AAP govt that they have the ‘famed’ mohalla clinics, which can be converted to Covid care centres. On Thursday, netizens urged the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to turn the unutilized Mohalla Clinics into Covid Care Centres.
As the citizens of Delhi struggle to get a bed, installing even 20 beds each in the apparent 1000 Mohalla Clinics of Delhi will act as a relief to the crumbling health infrastructure in the national capital, suggested Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, BJP leader and a resident of Delhi. He said that with 20 beds each in the mohalla clinics, the Delhi govt can create 20,000 beds for Covid-19 patients in a day.
I request @ArvindKejriwal Ji to Convert all 1000 Mohalla Clinics into Covid Centre. Delhi is struggling for beds and all Mohalla Clinics are closed. If you install 20 BedsX1000 MC you can create 20,000 Beds in a day.— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) April 29, 2021
While some were converted to testing centres last year, Bagga suggested most remain to be shut at the moment. If put to use, the clinics can be utilized to increase the medical capacities to tend to critical patients. Delhi reported around 26000 new corona cases and 368 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The matter of the mohalla clinics had come up during the hearing on the Covid-19 situation in Delhi in Delhi High Court also yesterday. Senior advocate Tushar Rao had suggested that the mohalla clinics should be used as a contact point for patients, to give immediate consultation and collection of samples, and also to check who needs hospitalisation, oxygen etc.
Condition of Mohalla Clinic
The Mohalla Clinics in Delhi continues to remain in ill shape with some turned into a garbage spot.
BJP president JP Nadda last year tweeted a video that exposed the Mohalla Clinics stating they lack even basic facilities, including medicines and infrastructure.
Sharing the video JP Nadda wrote: “Kejriwalji, you promised to open 1,000 Mohalla clinics every year. Whatever small number of clinics you opened lack even the basic facilities.”
केजरीवाल जी, आपने हर साल 1000 मोहल्ला क्लीनिक खोलने का वादा किया।— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) January 30, 2020
1000 क्लीनिक खोलना तो दूर, जो कुछ खुले भी, उनमें न दवाएं हैं, न सुविधाएं।
‘आप’ की ओछी राजनीति ने दिल्ली के गरीबों को सालाना 5 लाख रुपये तक मुफ्त इलाज देने वाली मोदी जी की ‘आयुष्मान भारत योजना’ से भी वंचित रखा। pic.twitter.com/X4YgSIBXvS
JP Nadda’s tweet was soon retweeted by Home Minister Amit Shah saying that after education, now the “health revolution of Kejriwal government has been exposed”.
शिक्षा की क्रांति के बाद अब केजरीवाल सरकार की स्वास्थ्य क्रांति की पोल खुली।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 30, 2020
क्या इसमें दिल्ली का गरीब अपना ऑपरेशन करवायेगा?
अपनी स्वार्थी राजनीति के लिए दिल्ली के गरीब को मोदी जी की ‘आयुष्मान योजना’ से दूर रख उसके जीवन से खेलने का जो पाप आपने किया है उसका जवाब आप को देना होगा। https://t.co/ojuVS8ur1o
Delhi continues to face an acute shortage of hospital beds and medical essentials such as prescribed based medicines and oxygen supply.