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 “disenchanted” after a go to to at least one such facility.

The Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP), in a press release, alleged that Mr Rao acquired a cellphone 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, in keeping with an official assertion.

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

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

Through the go to, the Karnataka minister noticed the services 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 nicely”.

“I had heard lots 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 instructed 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 study from. We have now one thing related (to mohalla clinics)… we’ve ‘namma clinics’. We wished to see how we are able to enhance our system. I noticed the mohalla clinic and it’s functioning very nicely 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 acquired a cellphone name. Following the decision, he talked about an vital assembly and left the situation. Some time later, he tweeted criticising the mohalla clinic. Nevertheless, solely Dinesh Rao can make clear why his assertion modified from praising the mohalla clinic to criticising it after the cellphone name.

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

“They discovered that each Namma Clinic and Major Well being Centre have been situated adjoining to one another. Individuals talked about that the Major Well being Centre had been closed for a very long time. Namma Clinic, in actuality, is only a title. It was initiated by the BJP authorities. The clinic gives solely major remedy for some diseases 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 price.

The declare made by Rao that Namma Clinic’s infrastructure is superior to Mohalla Clinic is “false”. Namma Clinic lacks good services, 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’ll 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 and so they even hassle the state governments. The (providers) ordinance is overruling folks’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 carried out at all times. I’ve additionally prolonged invitation to Delhi well being minister to see what’s being carried out on numerous fronts (in Karnataka),” he instructed reporters.

Mr Bharadwaj mentioned his Karnataka counterpart instructed him about how good the hospitals are within the southern state. “We may also go to his state. All states ought to study from one another. I’m very joyful 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 study from the nice work carried out by the Karnataka authorities.

“Karnataka well being minister visits Delhi mohalla clinics. We welcome him and his crew. All of us must study from one another. Delhi may also study from the nice work carried out by Karnataka govt,” he had tweeted.

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

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