Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan lauded the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s mohalla clinics initiative for providing free primary healthcare.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Mr. Annan said that the initiative was “consistent with the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goal” of the World Health Organisation.
Mr. Annan wrote: “You have scaled up the provision of universal free health services, most notably in providing free primary healthcare services through your mohalla clinics. We understand that this initiative is proving very successful and we commend you on this impressive achievement. We are aware that your administration has implemented a series of health reforms consistent with the UHC goal.We believe you could further extend health coverage in Delhi and provide further important lessons for other Indian States embarking on their Universal Health Coverage journeys”.
Mr Annan heads ‘The Elders’, an independent organisation promoting peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The Delhi government had 108 mohalla clinics already come up in planned and regularised colonies. At these clinics, patients get their tests, medicine and doctor consultation for free.
“When all the mohalla clinics are built, Delhi will be a saturated model state for healthcare”, wrote the former UN Secretary-General.