Hours after praising Mohalla Clinics of Delhi, Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao Friday backtracked from his statement and said they are overhyped.
Rao visited a Mohalla Clinic in Delhi during his day-long trip to the national capital. The Karnataka health minister was accompanied by his Delhi counterpart during his visit to the local clinic.
Rao said, “Visited a Mohalla Clinic in Delhi with hardly any people there. Our clinics in Karnataka have more facilities including a laboratory to do immediate tests for patients. I guess it is overhyped and I came back feeling disappointed.”
“It is not something great as it is being portrayed. I am not saying it is bad but it is not as it is made out to be. It is not a game changer. I did not see a lot of people there. We run primary health centres to super-specialty hospitals,” Rao said to media persons in Delhi.
However, earlier in the day, the Karnataka health minister said, “I wanted to personally see how these clinics are working. In Karnataka, we have started Namma Clinics which are based on the same model as Mohalla Clinics. I have also invited the Delhi health minister to Karnataka and see how the health system works there. Even Rajasthan is doing something good in the health sector and I have planned to visit that state as well,” added Rao.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said Delhi will learn from the good work done by the Karnataka government.
“Karnataka health minister visits Delhi mohalla clinics. We welcome him and his team. We all have to learn from each other. Delhi will also learn from the good work done by Karnataka govt,” he said.
Karnataka health minister visits Delhi mohalla clinics. We welcome him and his team. We all have to learn from each other. Delhi will also learn from the good work done by Karnataka govt. https://t.co/340dLAALnc
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 4, 2023
Reacting to Rao’s visit, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit Saturday said, “Wish you had also met us Dinesh Gundu Rao. Would have shown the real truth of Arvind Kejriwal’s education, health, finance, environment, water, roads, buses, infra, rampant corruption. Perhaps you could have conveyed this to his new drum beaters in the Congress.”
Rao did not respond to the calls made by indianexpress.com.
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are members of the Opposition INDIA bloc.