October 29, 2015
A typical day of a doctor especially a gynecologist begins and ends at the hospital. However, she is a gynecologist with a difference. Dr. Asha R. Rao, Director, Rao Hospital, leaves no opportunity unturned to reach out to women beyond the four walls of her hospital, especially to spread awareness on health and health care.
“On a regular basis my team and I visit schools and colleges in and around the city and educate the girls and older women about the importance of taking good care of themselves. We also encourage them to come up with health related queries. School girls and college women often have their questions written on a piece of paper to us. We answer their questions and have their doubts cleared.” Dr. Asha says.
Recently, she attended a social gathering that celebrated the spirit of women hood and Dr. Asha did what she does best. She educated the women audience about obesity and cancer. The women listened to her with rapt attention “A majority of women these days are obese. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet can help women deal with obesity.” she said.
Also present at the gathering was one of her patients who stood testimony to Dr. Asha’s advise — “I was obese and I visited my friend and mentor Dr. Asha for help. Today, I am in shape and my weight is well under control. I am a confident women and I can carry off myself well in almost any outfit.” Sonali Pradeep who also is a Facebook page admin of a fitness group says.
Apart from obesity it is cancer in women that worries Dr. Asha most. Many women in our country suffer from breast cancer. She recommends that apart from regular exercise and following a healthy diet women who are over the age of 40 must undergo a regular master health check-up.
“Women should undergo screening for breast cancer every two to three years. Health is wealth and prevention is better than cure. Women must consume a balanced diet, follow a regular exercise routine and keep their weight under control.” Dr. Asha added.