Karnataka’s health minister praised Delhi’s Mohalla clinic, then called it ‘disappointing’

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to refer to Bharadwaj’s tweet on his visit to Gundurao that Delhi too would learn from the good work done by the Karnataka government. In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “Karnataka Health Minister visited Mohalla Clinic. We welcome him and his team. We all need to learn from each other. Delhi will also learn from Karnataka Govt’s good work.” The national capital currently has more than 500 Mohalla clinics, which provide free primary health care to patients and 212 different types of tests are available free of charge.

Hours after Delhi’s AAP government praised Mohalla Clinic, Karnataka Health Minister and Congress leader Dinesh Gundurao on Friday said it was “hype-hyped” and that he was “disappointed” after visiting a clinic. There was no immediate response from the Arvind Kejriwal-led government on the amended statement by the Karnataka health minister. Both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are part of the opposition alliance ‘India’ (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance). According to an official statement, Gundurao visited the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic in Panchsheel Park on Friday. He was accompanied by Delhi Health Minister Sourav Bharadwaj and Karnataka Bhavan Medical Officer Karthik. About four hours after praising Mohalla Clinic’s initiative, Gundurao changed his stance.

The Congress leader tweeted, “Went to a mohalla clinic in Delhi, very few (patients). Our clinic in Karnataka has more facilities, including laboratory, so that patients can be tested immediately.” He wrote, “I think it (Mohalla Clinic) is over hyped and I came back disappointed. According to the statement, during the visit to the Mohalla, the Minister of Clinic, Karnataka saw the facilities available there and interacted with the staff. Mohalla Clinic is an initiative of the Delhi Government to provide free primary health care facilities to the residents of their neighbourhood. The Mohalla Clinic Program is one of the Kejriwal government’s flagship initiatives to enhance primary healthcare in Delhi. While visiting the Panchsheel Park Mohalla Clinic, Rao while talking to reporters praised the Mohalla clinic model and said that they are running smoothly.

He told reporters, “I had heard a lot about Mohalla clinics and wanted to visit them. I wanted to discuss how they (AAP government) implement health policies “Health has always been a priority in South Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka,” he said. Every state has something good that we can learn from. We also have something like this… we have Namma Clinic. We wanted to see how we could improve our system. I have seen the Mohalla clinic and it is functioning smoothly and people are appreciating it.” The Congress minister was also asked if his visit was pre-planned as both (Congress and AAP) are now alliance partners. On this, Gundurao said it was a ‘divisional’ matter. , is not a ‘political’ issue. The Congress leader said, “Alliance is a different issue and it is political. We will go to other states too. Rajasthan also has a health policy. It can also be a BJP-ruled state (where we can go). That is the principle of federalism.” Hitting out at the BJP-led central government, Gundurao said that “it is creating a situation where this vision of working together is ending”.

“They see opposition-ruled states as enemies,” he told reporters. Politically they harass and harass the state government as well. (Delhi Services) Ordinance is neutralizing people’s problems. Weakening elected government undermines democracy. Exchange of ideas is necessary and should always be. I have invited the Health Minister of Delhi (Karnataka) to come and see what is being done on various fronts. They are very good. The AAP leader said, “We will go to his state as well. Every state should learn from each other. I am very happy to have him here.” Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, referring to Bharadwaj’s tweet on Gundurao’s visit that Delhi will also learn from the good work done by the Karnataka government. In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “Karnataka Health Minister visited Mohalla Clinic. We welcome him and his team. We all need to learn from each other. Delhi will also learn from Karnataka Govt’s good work.” The national capital currently has more than 500 Mohalla clinics, which provide free primary health care to patients and 212 different types of tests are available free of charge.

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