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As The World Fights Coronavirus, Indian-origin Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee To Rejoin As A Doctor In UK

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While the world is battling a pandemic – novel coronavirus, Indian-origin Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee has decided to put away her crown and sash for a while and wear her uniform and treat patients suffering from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 23-year-old Bhasha Mukherjee who won the beauty pageant on August 1, 2019 is also a qualified doctor and in the time of crisis she has decided to return to the National Health Service frontlines as a doctor. Talking to NDTV about what prompted her to take the plunge of, Ms Mukherjee said,

Guilt; I felt guilty knowing that I could help, knowing that my colleagues are working so hard at the frontline and feeling that almost 5,000 retired doctors have returned to work. In a time when everybody is putting in whatever they can to help out, I felt now is the time for me to go.

Further talking about the current crisis, availability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and the pressure on doctors, Ms Mukherjee said,

What I am scared about is, if I am going to make a mistake and cause harm. Because the problem is there is a lot of pressure on doctors, a lot of inexperience and exhaustion as well because we are dealing with something we have never dealt with before. There is not enough knowledge to go around. We are being given extra responsibilities something that we aren't used to handling. Of course, lack of PPEs, equipment, resources, manpower paired with fragile patients makes it a very stressful environment. Under such a situation, it's very easy to make decisions and choices that can harm your patients, colleagues and yourself and that's what I fear a lot.

Recently Ms Mukherjee was stranded in India and through a chartered rescue flight she returned to England to help her fellow colleagues. Though Ms Mukherjee will officially start working as a junior doctor at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston from next week, she informed that other junior doctors are working 13 hours a day, seven days a week.

Meanwhile, Ms Mukherjee has launched an online petition calling for at least a 50 per cent discount on hospital accommodation. The petition highlights the difference in the monthly rent of a shared house with all facilities and hospital accommodation. In her per petition, Ms Mukherjee said,

I am not asking for a freebie. All I ask is for hospital accommodation providers like Progress Living and others around the country to match the market! Give us a 50 per cent discount for the 50 per cent of every 24 hours we're slogging at the frontline, risking a 50 per cent chance of contracting COVID-19 and 50 per cent of losing our lives.

Giving an example of how India is treating its healthcare pworkers, Ms Mukherjee questioned and said,

Why when there are countries like India, who are putting staff up in the empty hotels for free to incentivise and reward their hard work?

The petition addressed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Progress Living has attracted over 400 of the 500 target signatures within days.

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Rebari girls grow up learning traditional embroidery, which along with their new found sewing skills developed at Usha Silai Schools, is helping them earn a living.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School has empowered many rural women to support their family and send their children to school.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The Usha Silai School, established in a small nondescript village that goes by the name of Kottai, is helping empower people from varied communities.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The all-inclusive Usha Silai School Programme covers the entire nation from hamlets tucked between hills to villages cast by the sea.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Vegetables farmers from the Mizoram hills earn very little given the topography of the area. Usha Silai Schools have played an important part in this region by skilling women to financially contribute towards their households.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School learner Lucy has trained seven other women in her community, helping them to become financially independent.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Women like Kaviben from the nomadic Rebari community are finally laying down their roots as they begin to gain financial independence and thereby stability through Usha Silai School.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, located in the Gujarat's Bhuj village, is enabling rural women to earn as much as Rs. 2,500-4,000 each month.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, in association with a Gujarat based NGO called Kala Raksha, is trying to bring about a Silai revolution in Bhuj.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Besides training other women from their community, many Usha Silai School learners have become entrepreneurs in their own right.

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With sewing becoming easily accessible and lucrative, the silai schools are also helping revive traditional motifs and designs.

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