The inauguration of the first ‘Aam Aadmi Clinic’ helped in New Delhi on Sunday, July 19, 2015, by Arvind Kejriwal. To utter surprise it has found a rare fan in the form of country’s top policy think tank Niti Aayog. This was asset up set up in place of the Congress-era Planning Commission. It was just after Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre in 2014. It was giving a thought to be adopted for Centre’s ambitious plan to set up health and wellness centers across the country.
The Delhi Confidential column states that the Niti Aayog is “pushing for Delhi’s mohalla clinic model to be adopted for health and wellness centers”. Dr. Vinod Paul (Niti Aayog member (health) said this at a state level workshop on Wednesday while stressing on out-of-the-box thinking for setting up 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers across the country.
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Last year in the month of January the Mohalla Clinic project of Arvind Kejriwal received praises from Secretary-General of United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan. In the letter, he stated the project as “successful and impressive”. Anna also said, “You have scaled up the provision of universal free health services, most notably in providing free primary healthcare services through your mohalla clinics”.
And not only the Secretary General of UN praised him but the former World Health Organisation director general and Norway prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland also mentioned “excellent strategy”. He also praised the project by saying that ‘to build an exclusive health system in the country and bring universal health care to people’.
Ayushman Bharat programme, the Centre aims to make “path-breaking interventions to address health holistically, covering both prevention and health promotion.” The two initiatives under this programme area) bringing 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers closer to homes of people b) providing health insurance coverage up to Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crores.