Mumbai city promotes women empowerment through its various facilities, be it safe public spaces, women coaches in local train or women’s health. When we talk about health in Mumbai, King Edward Memorial Hospital would be the first on the list. It is one of the oldest hospitals in Mumbai. KEM is one of the foremost teaching and medical care providing institution in India. It is funded by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. It treats about 1.8 million out-patients and 85,000 in-patients annually and provides both basic care and advanced treatment facilities in all fields of medicine and surgery.
Recently, Supreme Court allowed a Mumbai woman to terminate her pregnancy after examination by expert panel at KEM. The court allowed her for a medical termination of pregnancy at 24 weeks. In India, as per the MTP Act 1971, pregnancies may be “Terminated: Pregnancies not exceeding 12 weeks may be terminated based on a single opinion formed in good faith. In case of pregnancies exceeding 12 weeks but less than 20 weeks, termination needs opinion of two doctors.”
Hidden Pockets decided to visit KEM which is situated at Acharya Donde Marg, Parel. The closest local railway station from KEM is Parel Railway Station. The distance between them is about 1 Km. For a person who is not from Mumbai, the architecture of KEM could come as a surprise. The building has a British architecture. The hospital can be easily located. Most of the instructions are written both in Marathi and English. As it is a referral hospital, it is always very crowded. One can see people standing in que to get the admit cards.
We straight away went in search of the gynaecology department. The local guards were helpful in finding the department. One needs to enter the main gate, walk straight through the main entrance, take the first building on the right and climb till the first floor. Go to room number 109. You would find the room just next to the entrance.
At KEM, at the gynae department you would find different services on different days.
- On Monday: STI/RTI Clinic
- On Tuesday: Gynaecological Endocrinology Clinic
- On Wednesday: Gynaecological Oncology Clinic
- On Thursday: Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic
- On Friday: ART/Advance Infertility Clinic
- On Saturday: Menopause Clinic
Most of the doctors were young. One of the doctors told us that KEM provides Pap smear test (also called a Pap test – It is a screening procedure for cervical cancer), it provides HIV counselling, adolescent counselling and provides medical termination of pregnancy. The room looked cleaned and had a positive vibe. So, next time if you need any help and wondering where to go, you can explore KEM.
The other places where one can receive good facilities at very low prices or free are at FPAI, Mumbai clinics. They are one of the few places which we can vouch with full faith. FPAI’s no refusal policy and friendly approach makes us feel proud to spread the information. In Mumbai, there are two clinics within the city where one can receive affordable and good services.
- Kutumb Sudhar Kendra (KSK), Family Planning Association of India, Western Railway Quarters Compound, Dr. A. L. Nair Marg, Mumbai Central, MUMBAI 400 008
- Avabai Wadia Health Centre (AWHC), Family Planning Association of India, 1st Floor, Radhika Residency, Mahatma Phule Nagar, Near Tilak Nagar Railway Station (Harbour Line) Tilak Nagar(W),MUMBAI-400 089.
FPAI also does HIV testing, Cervical cancer test (compulsory for women above 30 years), vasectomy, tubectomy and test for breast cancer. The tests are done after the consent of the patient only. At FPAI, the information about the patient is kept highly confidential and also before any check-up the person meets the counsellor which is the best part of FPAI.
So ladies, explore these health centres! Write back to us telling about your experience 😊