Mohalla Clinics Best Systematic Form Of Healthcare, Says Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

| September 7 , 2018 , 11:36 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may be infamous for his protests, however, his flagship Mohalla Clinics scheme has been hailed by one and all. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland visited a Delhi government Mohalla Clinic in Peeragarh on Friday with CM Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain and lauded the initiative.

"I've been to different parts of world, what I saw today, is the best and systematic form health care in form of Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics," Ban Ki Moon said.

"CM Arvind Kejriwal has great vision when it's about primary health care. I deeply appreciate it," he said.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland said, "It's great to be here visiting Mohalla Clinics in Delhi."

Accompanying Ban Ki Moon and Gro Harlem Brundtland were other delegates from 'The Elders', an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's media advisor Nagendar Sharma said in a statement to IANS said, that the delegates had been in touch with Jain for a long time.

"The delegates have been in touch with Jain for a long time. Previously, they have also written to Kejriwal appreciating the infrastructure and services provided by Mohalla Clinics in the city," Sharma said.

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The Mohalla Clinics provide medicines, diagnostic tests and consultations free of cost and are a flagship project of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The clinics serve as the first point of contact for the local population and reduce the load of referrals to secondary and tertiary health facilities.

The AAP government first set up the Mohalla Clinics soon after coming to power in 2018 and according to the Delhi government, a total of 187 Mohalla Clinics are now operational and sites have been identified to set up another 426. AAP has said that its goal is to establish 1,000 such clinics int he city before the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections.