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Congress claims AAP’s Mohalla Clinics a sham

The Congress Party has trained its guns on the AAP government and has called out its Mohalla Clinics. The national party claims it trained 217 workers and constituted various teams who went and surveyed 105 Mohalla Clinics in Delhi.

The Congress says it has found the clinics to operate for only 4 hours in a day with no emergency services being provided. The Sonia Gandhi-led party also claimed that most of the clinics were opened at AAP workers’ property on hefty rents. These were just some of the claims made in the elaborate slideshow that they have made.

This comes as the Delhi government announced that clinics have been given an extension of one more year. Affordable healthcare was a key poll promise of the AAP government, which came to power in February 2015.

Neighbourhood clinics or Mohalla Clinics were set up as a pilot project for 1,000 clinics that the Delhi government had promised to open by the end of 2016 to improve primary healthcare and reduce burden on the tertiary care centres.

Mohalla Clinics provide consultation, 110 free essential drugs, immunisation for children, 212 basic tests and counselling. AAP claimed that once the project is completed, even specialist doctors would visit the facilities on a rotational basis.

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