State to get 10,000 ‘mohalla clinics’
The State government is repeating the initiative by Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal. After upgrading of primary schools in the state, the Maharashtra government has decided to start mohalla clinics.
MUMBAI: The State government plans to set up all planned 10,000 ‘mohalla clinics’ in the state, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday, adding that the government will set up a system where only those in need of surgeries and serious and emergency attention will need to go to the hospitals.
The State government is repeating the initiative by Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal. After upgrading of primary schools in the state on the basis of Delhi schools, the health department has now decided to start mohalla clinics across the state.
“We have primary health centres across the state, that will be converted into mohalla clinics and polyclinics to handle all patient consultations,” said Tope. “Once all 10,000 clinics come up, we will make the hospitals referral-only. People will be able to get consultations, medicines and tests in their neighbourhood and would have to go to the hospitals only for the treatment of serious conditions and planned surgeries,” he said.
The government will appoint expert doctors in the clinics along with the equipment and infrastructure. Private doctors from the neighbourhood can also come here to avail these facilities to their patients.
“The OPD will be free for all. The medicines and tests and other facilities would be for the people of the area. There will be no restrictions on emergency services,’’ he said.
The health minister added that the government is going to increase the numbers of hospitals under the Mahatma Gandhi Jeevandayee Yojna. 493 hospitals across the state are currently covered under the scheme. This will expand to about 1,000 hospitals.
Only 100 talukas are covered under this scheme and it will expand to cover all 455 talukas in the state. Norms for the scheme will be relaxed for hospitals in remote areas, to ensure benefits for more people.