A team of The Elders, a global organisation working for promotion of peace and human rights, led by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and ex- Norway Prime Minister and former WHO DG Gro Harlem Brundtland, visited the Delhi government’s Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic (AAMC) and Aam Aadmi Polyclinic on Friday. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain accompanied the visitors to the clinics.
The Elders was founded by the late Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela in 2007. The first clinic visited by the delegation was Peeragarhi Relief Camp AAMC. The Elders team members were briefed on the working of the Mohalla Clinic, the facilities available there and profile of patients. They talked to a doctor to know more about the operation of the clinic.
The team members then visited the Aam Aadmi Polyclinic in Paschim Vihar. They along with the CM and the Health Minister were then taken around to the different facilities of the polyclinic by the doctors.
Soon after the visit, the team also interacted with the media with the Chief Minister and the Health Minister. The Chief Minister introduced the delegation to the media. “It is a moment of immense proud for us that such leading global personalities have come down to Delhi to witness the revolution being carried out in the health sector,” he said.
Sharing her experience on the visit to the clinics, Brundtland said, “Impressive work is being done for the citizens of this city and for whoever reaches these clinics. We Elders work on Universal Healthcare and you in Delhi are doing it in Delhi. This needs to be done not only in every city in India but everyone in every country. We are very happy to see what is done here in Delhi.”
Former UN Secretary-General said that he was deeply touched and impressed with the clinics. “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has great vision to make sure that primary health care is available to the poor and the vulnerable people. Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics are the examples of what the government’s and politicians should do for the people. I deeply appreciate the Chief Minister and the Health Minister,” he remarked.