Justice Katju done surprise visit to check Mohalla Clinics, praises efforts of Delhi Govt
The distinguished judge known for controversial theories by him in awaring people about facts is seen doing great work for society after his retirement, else there are many who are working as Presiding officers in Tribunal and retired judges of high court are doing practise in supreme court. Former chairman of Press Council of India and retired Justice Markandey made suprise visit to two Mohalla Clinicsset up by the Aam Aadmi Party. He visited two Mohalla Clinics, one behind Masjid Nooh, Zakir Nagar, Okhla and the other at Jogabai Extension.
The first clinic he visited was near the Masjid Nooh, Zakir Nagar. The Doctor in charge was Dr. Mirza Azam Beg and he recognized him, and was very cordial. He told him the following facts about the clinic:
1.The clinic works only from 9 am-1 pm and between 50-80 patients come there every day.
2. About 80-85 type of medicines are available to the patients free of cost, including medicines for diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, fever etc. and the medical examination is also free.
3. About 200 kinds of tests can be done there.
4. The Doctor is empanelled and is on contract, given rupees 30 per patient by the Delhi government.
5. One pathologist and ANM are also posted in the clinic. Vaccination etc. are also done there.
6.There is no X-ray machine, but it is available in the nearby Batla Nagar dispensary.
7. Dr. Mirza told him that he could earn twice as much in private practice during this time, but he was prepared to work for even rupees 20 per patient as it gives him great inner satisfaction of being of help to poor people. He also said that if the local patients had to go the Safdarjang hospital or some other big hospital, they will have to spend over 100 rupees for auto fare alone, and will have to spend more money to buy medicines from the market, but here everything is free.
8. The clinic runs in a rented accommodation, and an AAP MLA donated some furniture for the clinic.
9. He spoke to some of the patients there and they were satisfied with the medical care provided.
Thereafter, He second clinic which is near Pehalwan Chowk. There he met Dr. Brijendra Singh, a Sikh doctor. He was also very cordial and He told him that I had come on a surprise inspection to see how Mohalla Clinics are actually working. He told him that almost all the children he examined there had vitamin deficiency and many women had iron deficiency. Vitamins were available free of cost in the Mohalla clinics
He was also very satisfied with the work he was doing, particularly for the poor people. He said that people from neighbouring states are coming to visit and see the functioning of Mohalla Clinics.
However, he said that already 60-80 patients were coming to his clinic everyday. Since the clinic works from 9 am to 1 pm, if there are 60 patients that means just 4 minutes is being given to each patient. The number of patients is rapidly increasing, and so it will not be possible to do justice to a patient withing the time available. Hence he suggested that the clinic should also be open for at least 4 hours in the evening, in which another empaneled doctor could sit. He also said that there was some medicines which were not in the government list and are not allowed to be prescribed for purchase in the open market. Justice Katju said that perhaps the reason for this restriction was that there were complaints that some doctors had been in collusion with some pharmaceutical companies and prescribed only their medicine. He opined that the e government list should be expanded in consultation with the doctors and more medicines, which were cheap, should be added to the list.
He was also told by a gentleman that the Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain personally visits hospitals to see the condition there, and enquires from the patient whether they are getting proper medical treatment.
Justice Katju got a good impression of these Mohalla clinics. No doubt they are not full-fledged hospitals, but he was told that 80 per cent of medical ailments can be treated there and free medicines given. Till now medical care was almost non existent for the poor people in India, but these mohalla clinics can set a good precedent.
Both the doctors said that the Secretary, Health Delhi government was a dynamic person and was carefully supervising the work of the Mohalla clinics.
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