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Karnataka Minister Praises Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics, Then Does A U-Flip

Karnataka Minister Praises Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics, Then Does A U-Flip


Karnataka Minister Praises Delhi's Mohalla Clinics, Then Does A U-Turn

Dinesh Gundu Rao visited a Mohalla Clinic in Delhi.

New Delhi:

Hours after praising the AAP authorities’s Mohalla Clinic initiative, Karnataka Well being Minister and Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao on Friday mentioned it’s “overhyped” and he was left “upset” after a go to to at least one such facility.

The Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP), in an announcement, alleged that Mr Rao obtained a telephone name after praising the mohalla clinic initiative and thereafter modified his stance.

Mr Rao alone can make clear why his assertion modified from praising the mohalla clinic to criticising it, the AAP mentioned, including it was “unlucky”.

The Congress and the AAP are members of the opposition INDIA bloc.

On Friday, Mr Rao visited an ‘Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic’ at Panchsheel Park in Delhi. He was accompanied by Delhi Well being Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj and Karnataka Bhavan medical officer Karthik, based on an official assertion.

Virtually 4 hours after praising the mohalla clinic initiative, Gundu Rao made a U-turn.

“Visited a mohalla clinic in Delhi with hardly any individuals there. Our clinics in Karnataka have extra amenities, together with a laboratory, to do rapid checks for sufferers,” the Congress chief tweeted. “I suppose it’s overhyped and I got here again feeling upset,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Throughout the go to, the Karnataka minister noticed the amenities on the mohalla clinic and enquired in regards to the welfare of staffers.

Talking to reporters throughout his go to to the Panchsheel Park mohalla clinic, Mr Rao had praised the mohalla clinic mannequin and mentioned that it’s functioning “very properly”.

“I had heard quite a bit about mohalla clinics and I wished to see them personally. I wished to debate how they (AAP authorities) are implementing the well being insurance policies,” he had informed reporters.

“In southern states comparable to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, well being has at all times been a precedence. Each state has obtained one thing good that we are able to be taught from. Now we have one thing comparable (to mohalla clinics)… we now have ‘namma clinics’. We wished to see how we are able to enhance our system. I noticed the mohalla clinic and it’s functioning very properly Individuals are additionally appreciating it,” he had mentioned.

The AAP mentioned the comparability between the mohalla clinic and namma clinic is “unjust”.

“Dinesh Gundu Rao obtained a telephone name. Following the decision, he talked about an necessary assembly and left the situation. Some time later, he tweeted criticising the mohalla clinic. Nonetheless, solely Dinesh Rao can make clear why his assertion modified from praising the mohalla clinic to criticising it after the telephone name.

“In his tweet, he claimed that Namma Clinic in Karnataka had higher infrastructure than Mohalla Clinic. To confirm this declare, Aam Aadmi Social gathering’s Karnataka crew visited a Namma Clinic in his constituency.

“They discovered that each Namma Clinic and Major Well being Centre had been positioned adjoining to one another. Folks talked about that the Major Well being Centre had been closed for a very long time. Namma Clinic, in actuality, is only a identify. It was initiated by the BJP authorities. The clinic gives solely major remedy for some sicknesses like fever. Sufferers are referred to different hospitals…,” the AAP mentioned.

The comparability between Namma Clinic and Delhi’s Mohalla Clinic is unjust, the AAP mentioned, including mohalla clinics are well-equipped and remedy is offered freed from value.

The declare made by Rao that Namma Clinic’s infrastructure is superior to Mohalla Clinic is “false”. Namma Clinic lacks good amenities, it alleged.

The Delhi authorities’s mohalla clinic is a neighbourhood facility for offering free major healthcare to residents. The mohalla clinic programme is among the many flagship initiatives of the Arvind Kejriwal authorities to spice up the first healthcare system in Delhi.

In his interplay with reporters throughout his go to to the Panchsheel Park mohalla clinic, the Congress minister was additionally requested whether or not this go to was deliberate since they’re allies now, to which he mentioned this can be a “division” matter and never a “political” one.

“Alliance is a distinct situation and a political one. We are going to go to different states. Rajasthan has a well being coverage. It may be a BJP state additionally (the place we are able to go to). That’s the idea of federalism,” he mentioned.

Slamming the BJP-led Centre, he mentioned that it “is making a state of affairs the place this strategy of working collectively is getting misplaced”.

“They take a look at opposition-ruled states as enemies. Politically they offer hassle they usually even hassle the state governments. The (providers) ordinance is overruling individuals’s points. For those who weaken an elected authorities it weakens democracy. Trade of views is one thing that’s good and ought to be finished at all times. I’ve additionally prolonged invitation to Delhi well being minister to see what’s being finished on numerous fronts (in Karnataka),” he informed reporters.

Mr Bharadwaj mentioned his Karnataka counterpart informed him about how good the hospitals are within the southern state. “We will even go to his state. All states ought to be taught from one another. I’m very blissful that they’ve come right here,” he mentioned.

Earlier within the day, quote-tweeting Mr Bharadwaj’s tweets on Gundu Rao’s go to, Mr Kejriwal had mentioned Delhi will be taught from the great work finished by the Karnataka authorities.

“Karnataka well being minister visits Delhi mohalla clinics. We welcome him and his crew. All of us must be taught from one another. Delhi will even be taught from the great work finished by Karnataka govt,” he had tweeted.

At present, there are greater than 500 mohalla clinics within the nationwide capital that supply free major healthcare providers to sufferers, together with 212 various kinds of medical checks. 

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