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Dr Monica Pahuja visits Asha

Dr Monica Pahuja visits Asha

Dr Monica Pahuja (Principal Radiologist and the Head of Women’s Imaging (Breast and Gynaecology) at Monash Health), she is the wife of Mr Harish Rao, who is in the Board of the Friends of Asha Australia, visited Asha on November 5. Monica along with her parents, who are retired veteran doctors, went around the polyclinic at Asha’s headquarter.

Dr Monica Pahuja with the Asha staff at Asha headquarter

Dr Monica Pahuja with the Asha staff at Asha headquarter

Dr Monica interacted with the patients and the Healthcare Consultant Dr Sharmila. They discussed the health scenario in Asha slums and the medical devices available. She took a walk to the Physiotherapy room, O.P.D and the X-Ray room as well. She also checked and tested the X-Ray screen and other equipment all by herself. After a brief round, she headed straight to Asha’s Kanak Durga slum community where a heart-melting welcome was awaiting.

The Kanak Durga slum community greeting Dr Monica Pahuja

The Kanak Durga slum community greeting Dr Monica Pahuja

On their arrival, the community welcomed them with the garland of flowers. As soon as they approached the centre, a large crowd of Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members and Asha students swarmed around to greet them well. After a quick interaction, Monica discussed the career opportunities with the children and also communicated with the women.

Dr Monica with her parents at Asha's Kanak Durga slum community

Dr Monica with her parents at Asha’s Kanak Durga slum community

 

Dr Monica interacting with the Mahila Mandal (Women's Association) members

Dr Monica interacting with the Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members

The incredible success stories of Asha’s intervention and the bravery of the slum dwellers made Monica and her parents praise them all. They were surprised to hear how the Asha students survive amidst slush yet manage to push themselves for a better future ahead. Dr Monica walked along the slums and visited a few shanties as well.

Dr Monica visiting a slum dweller's shanty

Dr Monica visiting a slum dweller’s shanty

Afterwards, they bid adieu to all the community members of Kanak Durga Slum and left to meet Dr Kiran Martin, Founder and Director of Asha.

Here are a few glimpses from her visit:

Dr Monica Pahuja with Ms Ayesha, Sr. Programme Manager at Asha

Dr Monica Pahuja with Ms Ayesha, Sr. Programme Manager at Asha

 

Dr Monica entering the Kanak Durga slum community

Dr Monica entering the Kanak Durga slum community

 

Dr Monica and her parents discussing health scenario at Asha with Dr Sharmila

Dr Monica and her parents discussing health scenario at Asha with Dr Sharmila

Dr Monica and her parents at Asha's Kanak Durga slum centre

Dr Monica and her parents at Asha’s Kanak Durga slum centre

 

Dr Monica Pahuja with the Mahila Mandal (Women's Association) members

Dr Monica Pahuja with the Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members

 

Dr Monica and her parents posing with Asha students and Ms Rani, Asha Supervisor

Dr Monica and her parents posing with Asha students and Ms Rani (L), Asha Supervisor

 

 

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