In 5 years of governance in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has become the archetype government that citizens need.
AAP’s healthcare initiatives exemplify the needs and necessities of the period where the youth of new India. Be it quality of medicine, medical security, good governance, and above all, the responsibility to provide a better, healthier environment for all.
Perhaps, AAP’s foremost exploits come from Healthcare. Recently, the Delhi Government set a benchmark for the whole nation by bringing down dengue cases from 15,867 in 2015 to 2,693 cases in 2018. A remarkable reduction of 80%.
AAP’s War against the Dengue Menace
This year, the Delhi government is all set to re-spark the fight against Dengue once again. Consequently, this time AAP has a new initiative around healthcare with a campaign “10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute” (10 weeks, 10 o’clock, 10 minutes). The campaign was launched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to educate and make citizens aware and partners of the government in the fight against the deadly mosquito-borne disease.
This triple 10 (10-10-10) campaign is to encourage not only the people of Delhi but the whole of India to come forward and safeguard their families from this deadly disease. Celebrities and public figures such as Shabana Azmi and Kapil Dev have also supported and taken part in this campaign. Some of the programmes and schemes launched by the Delhi government are:
Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics (AAMCs)
The initiative was launched initially by the Delhi Government in 2015 that provides primary healthcare facilities to the people at their doorstep. The facilities include a free consultation, lab testing, and medicines.
Currently, around 224 AAMCs are operational across different areas in Delhi. Till July 2019, these AAMCs have conducted and facilitated 1.63 OPDs with 15 lakh laboratory tests. 97 AAMCs out of 224 are digitally functioning and stores every detail of the patient required.
AAMCs provides 125 free medicines and 212 free lab tests.
Health facilities in Schools
The ongoing war to provide Delhi school children with a stress-free environment along with the primary health care for the overall development was not only a difficult task that Delhi Government is successfully catering and also proving their capabilities for new ones.
The scheme provides a doctor in each school and a psychologist in a cluster of schools. Along with its health clinics in 15 schools are about to start functioning in the upcoming months.
Delhi Government’s Happiness Therapy and 100% availability of medicines
In January 2019, Delhi Government launched the Happiness Therapy program in the hospitals listed under them. This program aims to aid the patients’ speedy recovery by reducing stress through music, dance, clapping therapy, yoga, laughter therapy.
This also helps in improving bonds between the patient and doctor. It does not include the patients admitted in emergency and ICU. However, hospitals under the Delhi government have 100% availability of medicines described in their respective Essential Drugs List.
Polyclinics, Hospitals and Super Specialty Hospitals
The second tier of the Delhi government’s 4-tier healthcare initiatives model is specialized in OPD treatments including gynecology, dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT and many alike. Currently, 25 polyclinics are operational, and there is a proposal to convert 69 dispensaries into polyclinics that are listed under the Delhi government.
35 hospitals are under Delhi government that consists of specialty, super specialty and society hospitals where the government is remodeling their infrastructure to increase the beds capacity from 10.000 to 20,000.
Public grievance helpline: 1031
Delhi government had extended 1031 helpline number to register and resolve the complaints and grievances within half an hour under the Delhi government. Since its commencement till September 2019, 1,46,870 complaints have been registered out of which 96.11% was the resolution success rate.
Humanity at the top: Reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Good Samaritan Policy (Farishtay)
Hospitals that received or acquired allotment of land from the Delhi Government have a reservation of 10% beds for EWS. Along with healthcare, initiatives for more transparency, the AAP’s Delhi government also introduced online tracking and booking of free beds under EWS. Now, patients through the Department of Health website can get information on the vacant beds and apply for it accordingly.
Moreover, Good Samaritan Policy is an initiative approved by the Delhi government to encourage citizens to help the people in road accidents in emergencies and admit them to hospitals. The Delhi Government will award 2,000/- and an appreciation certificate for the same.
Bike Ambulance Service
On 7th February 2019, this new innovative type of service was launched in East Delhi, North East Delhi and Shahdara. There were 16 bikes launched under this service that too free of cost, and the bikers are trained paramedics. Bikes are dispatched along with the ambulance to reach the patient earlier and attend the patient till the ambulance’s arrival.
These vehicles are helpful in severe cases like heart attacks, choking, and accidents, there they use Ambu Bags to provide oxygen, give chest compressions or treat the bleeding wounds.
Till May 2019, 657 patients have been attended. Save the emergency number it is 102.
Delhi Arogya Kosh Scheme (DAK)
Another of AAP’s healthcare initiatives, DAK is to provide financial assistance to the needy and eligible getting treatment under Delhi government hospitals. Anyone irrespective of income limit and possessing a Delhi Voter ID card can avail this service. The other provisions of this service include:
- It allows a cashless treatment to medico-legal victims such as road accidents, acid attack, thermal burn injury in all the hospitals including all private hospitals and nursing homes even though if not entered into an agreement with DAK scheme. If not followed, then the defaulter can attract cancellation of registration.
Till 30th June 2019, 2938 and 1 victims of road accident and acid attack respectively availed the cashless treatment.
- Initially, under this scheme, 30 surgeries were specified, and now it is proposed to include 1000 surgical packages and dialysis which is included in the insurance schemes.
Till 30th June 2019, 4,654 availed free surgeries.
- The packages include the cost incurred in pre-anaesthetic check-up, investigations, medicines, and consumables, bed charges, diet charges, consultation, nursing care, and specify the duration of admission.
- Cashless treatment to emergent cardiac patients for angiography and angioplasty.
- Empanelling private hospitals for providing critical care for NICU/PICU/ICU as the rates fixed by DMK.
- Free hip and knee orthopaedic implantation.
- Inclusion of Bone Densitometry Scan (Dexa Scan) and ECG and pathological tests or any other high-end diagnostics which are not available in AAMCs or Delhi government hospitals.
1,34,609 availed free specified diagnostic tests.
- To provide chemotherapy and radiotherapy, patients may be referred from LNH, GTBH, BSAH, DDUH, GBPH, DSCI, ISSH, RGSSH and CNBC to empanelling private hospitals which have entered into an agreement with DAK at the fixed rates announced by NPPA (National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority).