Arvind Kejriwal’s Mohalla Clinics Fall Sick in Delhi

Mohalla Clinics are mostly locked and when they open they fail to provide proper medical treatment. Photo: Rakesh Raman
Mohalla Clinics are mostly locked and when they open they fail to provide proper medical treatment. Photo: Rakesh Raman

The chattering classes in Delhi believe that it is a mere political stunt of Kejriwal and his clique as their Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is using Mohalla Clinics to woo the gullible voters.

By Rakesh Raman

While Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is going gaga over the hyped performance of his Mohalla Clinics, people in Delhi complain about the uselessness of such a flawed health care concept.

People told RMN News Service that mostly these so-called community health care centres are locked and when they open they fail to provide proper medical treatment.

The attendants at Kejriwal’s Mohalla Clinics rather advise the patients to consult a good doctor in a private or government hospital. “Then what is the purpose of these Mohalla Clinics?” people question.

While the services at these clinics are not being provided in a transparent manner, it is largely believed that the so-called doctors at the clinics are not fully qualified.

New reports suggest that these so-called Mohalla Clinics have been reduced to ruins and surrounded by stinking sites for dumping household waste. Worse, some of these Mohalla Clinic buildings are being used by local gamblers, drug consumers, and anti-social elements while Kejriwal and others in his cabal are still spreading false information about the clinics.

Kejriwal had promised that he will make 1,000 working Mohalla Clinics in the first year of his government, but in 3 years he could make only 164 clinic sites which are not providing any health care to patients.

This is another blatant lie of Kejriwal, as he has been telling lies about the quality of school education system and the removal of corruption from Delhi.

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It is reported that Kejriwal’s clinics are working in a totally perfunctory manner and – as an example – can handle on average one patient in less than 2 minutes. The opposition party BJP sarcastically remarked that only God can save patients from Kejriwal’s clinics.

People also question if these clinics are so good – as Kejriwal claims – why they cannot cure Kejriwal’s own chronic cough.

Delhi’s Lt. Governor’s (LG) Anil Baijal has also received multiple complaints and observed that vigilance findings about the alleged irregularities in Mohalla Clinics have not yet been addressed by Kejriwal’s Government.

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The chattering classes in Delhi believe that it is a mere political stunt of Kejriwal and his clique as their Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is using Mohalla Clinics to woo the gullible voters. In fact, voters should not blindly follow any politician because most of the politicians in all political parties are crooks.

People also say there is no need for Kejriwal to paste his own life-size posters on Mohalla Clinics’ walls because Kejriwal is neither a doctor nor a compounder.

A poor sick man sleeps on the road just 100 yards away from a Mohalla Clinic which fails to provide medical treatment to patients. Photo: Rakesh Raman
A poor sick man sleeps on the road just 100 yards away from a Mohalla Clinic which fails to provide medical treatment to patients. Photo: Rakesh Raman

In fact, Kejriwal is misusing his authority and squandering huge public money to project his own image through the precinct of Mohalla Clinics. Obviously, Kejriwal’s maneuvers tantamount to deception and corruption.

So, instead of offering treatment to patients, Kejriwal should first cure the sickness of his Mohalla Clinics. Will he?

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Video courtesy: ABP News

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