Women entrepreneurs like Niira Radia and Dr Minnie Bodhanwala have transformed the Indian medical sector
Since women are often treated as inferior to men, many of them do not share their health problems openly. The situation is changing with a growing number of women leading the country’s hospital groups, making medical aid for women more accessible.
One such example is Nayati Healthcare, founded and headed by Niira Radia. Beginning its journey as a fleet of mobile medical units in Badrinath Dham, Nayati Healthcare has grown to become one of India’s fastest growing hospital chains with units in Mathura, Agra, and New Delhi. Through its multi super specialty hospital in Mathura, Nayati has been facilitating women’s health through several initiatives.
Niira Radia, chairperson and founder of the group, believes that a healthy society can be imagined only with the presence of healthy women.
“Women’s health is one of the most neglected issues in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. At Nayati, our focus is on providing curative as well as preventive healthcare, especially to women,” Niira Radia says.
According to Niira Radia, Nayati has been organizing various awareness and educational programs at the grass-root level. These focus on reaching out to women and educating them about making self-care a priority. Nayati’s extensive outreach programs are dedicated to improve maternal health outcome and enhance the quality of life in the hinterlands of the North Indian states.
Just like Niira Radia, Dr Minnie Bodhanwala has also been transforming the healthcare sector, making it more women-friendly. CEO at Wadia Hospitals, Mumbai, Dr. Bodhanwala is known for organizing medical camps and education programmes in the rural areas for the underprivileged women and children.
“Our maternity hospital specializes in affordable obstetrics and gynaecology services for women across all sections of society. We also offer IVF care at a much-subsidized cost. The hospital also has a human milk bank to help the children who are not fortunate enough to get it,” Dr Bodhanwala said.
With women at the helm of the transformation of healthcare sector in India, the coming years can see a better and more accessible array of healthcare services specifically for women and children, along with a growing sensitization towards their healthcare needs.