COVID-19: Delhi mohalla clinics now COVID testing centres

Mohalla Clinics in Delhi will soon be converted into Covid-19 testing centres between 2 pm and 6 pm each day, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain informed The Indian Express.

The decision has been made to meet the target of conducting 40,000 tests per day, which was set by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Presently, 452 mohalla clinics are functional in the capital and around 20 are lying shut. 

Satyendar Jain said: “The clinics will be open for testing only once the routine work has been completed. This is to ensure that there is no spread of the disease among the general public. On average, 10-15 people per clinic can be tested daily.”

Dr. Shalley karma, Mohalla Clinic project in charge said: “Doctors, assistants, and pharmacists attended to patients and are also helping conduct sero surveillance. Nine new clinics have opened up in the last three months.”

Each clinic has a doctor, a technician, and a lab assistant.

“Clinics do not have enough space to accommodate the daily patient load and those coming for testing, so we proposed the plan to run the clinic in double shifts. We have strictly suggested that the clinics will have to be sanitized thoroughly before it opens for the general public the next day,” stated a senior official from the state health department.

(Source- The Indian Express)

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