After the Aam Aadmi Party stormed to power in Delhi for a third consecutive term, doctors believe that one of the major reasons for the landslide victory of the party is its performance and good governance in the health sector.
In the recently concluded state elections, the Arvind Kejriwal led party sought votes on their initiatives such as Mohalla clinics and free medicines, lab tests, surgeries, state of art technology in all state-run hospitals and improved infrastructure of health facilities across Delhi.
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, Treasurer, World Medical Association, said, “I sincerely hope that with the Delhi results, all political parties and all governments will have health as a major political agenda in the polls.”
Dr Wandkhedkar, who is also the president of SAARC Medical Association and Past President of Indian Medical Association, said that political parties should declare health as a basic right and increase the health budget.
He said that governments should not abdicate their duty to provide affordable, accessible healthcare and they should be accountable for healthcare for all.
“Governments should strengthen public health infrastructure and prioritize resource allocation,” added Dr Wankhedkar.
It may be noted that AAP has won sixty two out of the seventy Delhi assembly seats in the polls.