Shreyasi Maiti in conversation with gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Poorwa Pawar exploring healthy lifestyle practices with right medical guidance for women and baby’s health

More than 50% of human resources comprise women today. From managers, teachers, decision makers to administrators and prime ministers leading the nation are women. Their devotion and execution are unparalleled by any species. Consequently, the health of women is an imperative aspect to cater. Women face a lot of issues that can turn from awful to worse if adequate medical attention is not sought.

gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr. Poorwa Pawar

From puberty, menarche, breast improvement, pregnancy to menopause, significant diseases affect women. Starting from the maturity when the reproductive organs develop, women are advised to have an annual or at least 3 annual health check with a gynaecologist. Awareness of essential bodily functions and maintaining great physical and mental health are all crucial perspectives of managing women’s health. Skilled Gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Poorwa Pawar brings all solutions for you. None can control death but yes life begins in my hands – These are the proud words of this leading gynaecologist of Kharghar Dr. Poorwa Pawar, serving all through Kalpataru Hospital Kharghar. She comes, she listens, she examines, she talks, she advises and wins the heart.

Tell us something about yourself

I am a gynaecologist and obstetrician in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. I am currently practicing at Kalpataru Hospital. I am a qualified Gynaecologist and my area of expertise includes Painless Delivery, Infertility, Family Planning etc.

Why did you venture into the female health segment as a gynaecologist?

Nothing is easy. In terms of medicine, all the subjects are equally tough. During my days as a student, I often observed the problems of females and that made me tread in this field. I was always intrigued by the wonders and joys of nature’s supreme showcase of power through pregnancy and childbirth and I wanted to be an active participant in it. Women’s health issues are also interesting as they are hardly isolated and only physical. 

The challenge lies in understanding the emotions behind them and then addressing them successfully. One wrong step and the patient will slip/die. So, you are a witness to how diversified our field is. I feel exceptionally glad when a child takes birth in my hand. After giving trial for the whole night, working hard, forgetting to sleep, with family responsibility and children, it’s the birth of a child, the first cry brings a smile to my face.

Any health tips for women?

Don’t overlook any of your health issues. It may be weakness or you are feeling lethargic, appetite loss or loss of interest, it may be anything. Diet, exercise, keep a check on weight, obesity fetches a lot of problems, eating and sleep habits should be followed. Eat at regular intervals and one needs eight hours of sleep. Drink plenty of water. Meditate and be stress-free. Respect your sentiments, spoil yourself and cherish yourself, enhance your life along with your hobbies, eat healthy, stay home and be safe; most essentially – GIVE IMPORTANCE TO YOURSELF. 

Doctors are accused of overcharging patients and also overloading patients with unnecessary tests. What is your take on this?

With the inflation index continuously rising, the price of every commodity is increasing. We never get any concession on power bills, water bills or fuel bills. Presently there are also diverse corporate set-ups which are drawing closer. These corporate set-ups are like 5-star hotels with healing centres. Clearly, they require more money and Government set-up is majorly for the poor individuals and corporate set-ups are for the wealthy individuals. In between, there lies the middle-class category, who want to pay less and get more facilities and these people visit small scale nursing homes. Government is either promoting healthcare for poor or corporate individuals. So, we are mostly targeted with new rules everyday where structural audit and fire safety bills are increasing.

Today, people are now well-educated, now they are more health conscious. They will come at an earlier stage of diseases, illnesses or for cancer diagnosis. Sometimes patients are non-compliant, we may advise some tests, but we never advise unnecessary tests. We need to see inside the patient and then treat the patient. We charge what we deserve.

Is the healthcare industry growing in India? What are the challenges you’re facing?

Another pressing issue in this industry is the rising cost. Healthcare is going through a cost crisis and this impacts all the stakeholders in the long chain. There are many issues arising within this complex healthcare system. Providers are facing increased costs, regulatory changes, coding updates, inefficiencies, security issues, and disruptive technology. 

The Government is supporting corporate set-ups or government set-ups. Extremely poor and wealthy people get the support. For middle-class individuals who can’t afford rich corporate hospitals and don’t like government set-ups, small scale nursing homes are the leading alternative but they are stacked with several rules and controls; everyday it gets to be exceptionally troublesome to run these small-scale set-ups. Patients demand corporate services at cheaper costs, so that their pocket can afford it. Small scale nursing homes are on the verge of extinction as the major population is 70% middle class. Government should think about this and take immediate steps towards the better functioning of small-scale hospitals.

Women are facing some of the biggest challenges – Sedentary lifestyle, advance aged marriage, Cervical Dysplasia, Menstrual Disorders, Pelvic Floor Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Uterine Fibroids, Urinary Incontinence. A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes during the course of her reproductive lifetime. And gynaecological health issues will arise from time to time. Many women still lack awareness when it comes to gynaecological and reproductive health, and, as a result, fail to show up for their routine examination. This has life-or-death consequences, particularly when it comes to preventative diseases such as cervical cancer.

Any special message on Doctor’s Day?

Being a female, I have way better understanding of my own self and I believe if I am healthy, my family will be healthy and in case I target the foundation of the family which is the woman of the house – the whole family will be healthy. If the mother is healthy, the baby will be the best, so our future generation is going to stay happy. 

Warm wishes on Doctor’s Day to future generations to stay healthy and spread happiness!!