The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday decided to double the number of Mohalla clinics to be set up in the capital in the current financial year.
While the government had earlier made a budgetary provision for 500 Mohalla clinics, the Cabinet decided to allocate Rs 209 crore to set up 500 more such clinics.
“It is proposed to set up every Mohalla clinic in about 50-60 sq meter built up area, in a plot of about 100-150 sq. meter, in a semi permanent structure built with modern technology and latest design in an economical way,” said a government official.
The clinic will attend to people living within a kilometre of it, said government officials.
Explaining the reason behind setting up such clinics, the official said, “The government hopes that people will not have to walk for more than 10-14 minutes to access primary healthcare”.
“This will consist of Mohalla clinics, polyclinics (multi-speciality clinics), multi-speciality hospitals (earlier called secondary level hospitals) and superspeciality hospitals (earlier called tertiary level hospitals),” said an official.
The clinics will operate from 8 am to 2 pm but some of them would function in the evening as well, he said.
“Every Mohalla clinic will be linked to polyclinics for logistical support and for referral of patients needing specialist care,” the official said.