Innumerable years have gone by but she remains modestly the epitome of woman empowerment. Nobleness par excellence, she has excelled in profession what is called akin to God. Meet – Dr. Satindar Kaur Saluja, known famously for her maternity home cum hospital located on Dewas road which she is running for past 36 years. We held tete-a-tete where she spoke candidly about her immaculate journey through tough times.
Can you brief us about the circumstance that led you to open your maternity home way back in 1984?
It all started while I was pursuing my M.B.B.S programme. My husband was a doctor and he was practicing in England. We got married and I started assisting him there thereafter I pursued my further education in London and Ireland. However, we being the staunchest loyalists and patriotic Indians could not assimilate ourselves into foreign land. My Father-in-law and my father also wanted us to come back to India. Eventually, our urge to serve where we belong, got the better of us and we got back here in 1984.
Tell us about the scenario in those days when there were no hospitals.
At that time, there were no hospitals or big nursing homes in Ujjain. We had imported many state-of-the-art equipments which were very costly then. Initially, people’s response was very lukewarm as they had never experienced usage of such advance medical practices then. Some of them were very skeptical as they were accustomed of orthodox methods of deliveries and using the services of maids or grannies for so many years.
Do you see yourself as the symbol of woman power?
To be honest, I don’t know whether this referral is just or not. I believe, if in a family a girl child is educated then she will ensure that everyone in the entire family gets good education. Keeping this in mind every year, I bear school fee of 6-7 girl children for making them literate. Not only this, even my staffs members’ and employees’ children are being supported monetarily for furthering their educational dreams. Besides this, there are many NGO’s with whom I am working relentlessly for the social upliftment and betterment of women. Under such initiatives, we make them skilled and employable so that they can realize the dream of being strong and independent women.
Now-a-days, uproarious scenes have become common occurrence in hospitals where patients’ relatives create ruckus and often threaten doctors. How do you see these incidents?
With due regard, I would say that earlier kith and kin of patients were much more courteous and polite than what they are now, probably the expectations have risen manifold. Earlier, they used to regard us God and even now, we continue to enjoy this repute. However, I beg to differ on that front as we are also normal human beings; with a distinction that we have undergone rigorous training to be doctors. In my view, we do our level best but we are mere puppets in the hands of god and I reckon it’s always almighty’s wish in the end.
These days, deliveries through cesarean are quite common among woman as compared to normal deliveries in by gone days?
I would say, normal deliveries are still taking place. In far-off villages, where there are hardly any facilities, women are giving birth normally. I feel, women of those village areas are much more active and physically strong than their contemporaries in city as they do all the household chores on their own. Modern-day woman are simply no match to them therefore they can’t go through these excruciating labours and would insist on immediate respite from the pain. Though we advise them against their wish but eventually under pressure, we have to give in to their demand.
Any message to junior and young doctors.
I think atmosphere has become very competitive. Only one advice, I would like to give them is ethics and morals are very important in a doctor’s profession so never ever compromise on those qualities.