Since 48.9 per cent of people in Gujarat reside in towns and cities- the third highest in India- there was a need for more tier-I healthcare facilities for the poor living in the urban areas and slums
Gujarat government recently approved to start an urban health programme that will serve the urban poor with OPD services in their vicinity- pretty much like Delhi's Mohalla Clinics.
"Since 48.9 per cent of people in Gujarat reside in towns and cities- the third highest in India- there was a need for more tier-I healthcare facilities for the poor living in the urban areas and slums," stated a Government Resolution (GR) on February 16, 2020.
Currently, there are only 317 U-PHCs and 14 U-CHCs.
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Meanwhile, the Gujarat government also gave permission to set up around 1000 Urban Health Clinics in Nagar Palikas and Mahanagar Palikas at a provisional cost of Rs 80 crore. These facilities would be called ‘Denndayal Clinics’.
Gujarat health minister Nitin Patel had said then that the scheme was announced in the 2020-21 state budget.
"The implementation got delayed due to the pandemic," he added.
Cities having a population of more than one lakh will be given priority. The clinics will be opened in specific locations near urban slums which do not have any public healthcare facility in a 1 km radius of a 3000-4000 population.
OPD’s in the clinics will remain open from 5 pm to 9 pm every day.
Doctors who will be hired on a contractual basis for 11 months will be permitted to conduct private practice at other times of the day.
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