Jharkhand: Slums to get free medical care under Mohalla Clinics

Mohalla Clinics

The Raghubar Das Government is mulling to replicate the success of “Mohalla Clinics” in Jharkhand. Reports say that the State Government has decided to provide free medical care to people living in slums under “Mohalla Clinics”, a successful model of Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government.

“These clinics will be like primary health centres and will offer free diagnostics facilities, treatment and medicine for minor ailments.

These are being started for the benefit of daily wagers, who lose a day’s salary if they visit a regular hospital for treatment. The clinics will open every day in the morning and evening. Serious patients would be referred to bigger hospitals for treatment,” State’s Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi was quoted by IANS as saying.

Under the plan, a range of services including OPD, vaccination, maternity, post natal and family planning services, along with tests for malaria, tuberculosis and other small ailments will be offered at the clincs

The Mohalla Clinics will also function as Awareness Generation Centres against diseases which affect poor people living in slums.

A Health Department official said: “Every slum will get a Mohalla Clinic on a population of 15,000. Based on the number of slums, some 25 temporary Mohalla Clinics have been planned in the state.”

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