Bhagwant Mann: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann to launch mahalla clinic on August 15

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced that his government would launch its flagship ‘Mohalla Clinic’ program on August 15 and inaugurate 75 facilities in the first phase. Presiding over a meeting of senior officials here, Mann said his government would fulfill a major election promise made by the AAP by setting up these clinics in urban and rural areas in phases, according to an official statement.

These ‘Mahalla Clinics’ will be based on similar facilities run by the AAP government in Delhi.

The Chief Minister also approved the conversion of ineffective ‘service centers’ across the state into mahalla clinics. These centers will now be renovated based on a uniform pattern with basic interior elements, including doctor’s rooms, reception-cum-waiting areas and pharmacies.

Mann instructed the Chief Secretary, Public Works Department, to draw up a blueprint for the improvement of the interior parts of the ‘Service Centers’ so that they could be properly converted into mahalla clinics.

The now-defunct service centers were set up to provide citizen-centric services.

Mann also suggested forming a cluster of five to six villages by setting up a mahalla clinic in a central location easily accessible to all.

This will help bring most of the people living in rural areas under mahalla clinics.

During the meeting, a brief presentation was made to inform the Chief Minister about the various options for the proposed design and layout of these mahalla clinics.

The Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare informed Manke about the existing network of about 3,000 sub-centers in rural areas which is being efficiently managed by trained para-medical staff led by Community Health Officers.

Therefore, he also proposed to convert these sub-centers into mahalla clinics, thus widening its scope and outreach so that maximum number of people living in the villages could benefit from the healthcare initiative.

Mann asked the health secretary to immediately start the process of hiring doctors and paramedics on a contract basis for the clinic.

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