Kejriwal Government To Revamp Public Health

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A run down government hospital ambulance parked in a street in Delhi. (Representational Image).

NEW DELHI: The AAP government in Delhi is planning to boost spending on health, education and road infrastructure in the capital in its second year in office which began on February 14.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on February 11 that the health and education sectors had been “slowly killed by successive governments, so that the private sector could flourish.”

Speaking with editors as his government completed one year in office, Mr Kejriwal said a three-tier structure of health infrastructure is being built in Delhi now. It will have neighbourhood clinics (for primary health), poly clinics and then super speciality hospitals. By the end of the year, there will be a network of 1,000 neighbourhood clinics and 150 poly clinics spread across the capital.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, Health and Public Works minister Satyender Jain and Transport Minister Gopal Rai were also present with him at the interaction. Mr Kejriwal said from this month the government has started free supply of medicines to the poor and 50 diagnostic tests are available to them free of cost.

He said the medical superintendents of hospitals have been empowered to recruit former defence service personnel to be put in charge of cleanliness and security. This will leave doctors free to focus on health-related work rather than logistics.

The government is also considering introducing a comprehensive health-card system covering the entire population so that medical data is available for all, he said.
A comprehensive health insurance scheme will also be rolled out by the government. It also plans to double the number of beds in Delhi’s government hospitals from 10,000 to 20,000 in two years.

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