Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates Delhi's first Aam Aadmi Clinic
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated city's first Aam Aadmi Clinic at Peeragarhi Relief Camp on 19th July 2015. 1000 such clinics are planned all over Delhi. Poor people can get treatment in air-conditioned facilities. "This is a huge dream which has been realized today" Mr Kejriwal said. He said crowd in hospitals will decrease, increasing their efficiency.
The clinic is a peripheral health care unit which is aimed at providing better medical facility to the weaker sections.
Health Minister Mr. Satender Jain said the dispensary was built at 1/25th the cost of dispensaries built by the previous government — at Rs 20 lakh. As far as costs go, we are building 25 dispensaries at the cost of one now,” Mr. Jain said. He added that 500 such clinics will be built this year and another 500 before the next financial year.
Mr Jain said, "A gynaecologist and paediatrician will visit the clinic once every week, besides regular doctors posted at these clinics. Ambulance services will be arranged so that if any patient is referred from these clinics to hospitals there is a facility to take him or her there."
For the residents, this is a welcome move as the nearest government dispensary is about a kilometre away in Paschim Vihar. To get there, they either have to pay Rs 50 to take an auto-rickshaw or brave a walk through heavy traffic on Rohtal road. Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital in Mangolpuri and Bhagwan Mahavir hospital are also about 7-8 and 5 km away respectively. Both have less than 500 beds and have no super-specialty departments.
Delhi Government would setup 500 such clinics within the current financial year and 1000 within next one year.