Srinagar, April 25
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today pitched for “Mohalla clinics” in Kashmir that would offer healthcare to people at doorstep. President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued said that Mohalla clinics would bring healthcare delivery services to underserved and unnerved.
“These community clinics would provide better primary health care coverage and reduce the burden on tertiary care hospitals. They will provide consultations, diagnostic tests, and medicines to people in their neighborhoods”, he said. He added that this will be a paradigm change where instead of patients going to hospitals, medicare will come to them. “Senior citizens will be particularly benefitted who are unable to go to hospitals. Clinics in neighborhood will reinvent the age old bond between doctors and patients that is so essential for patient satisfaction and adherence to treatment. There is ample evidence that comfort and convenience of home environment allow patients to recover faster. With abysmal primary health care, more often than not, patients end up going to tertiary care hospitals even for basic health care needs”, he said.