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Dr Sameer Arbat designs device to prevent cross infection of COVID-19 among doctors| Nagpur

Doctor Safety Assistant

Doctor Safety Assistant

India today is in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country is facing a severe shortage of resources such as PPE kits, respirators and sanitisers. Protecting the health-care workers from cross-infection has now become a big challenge for everyone.

The past few months have seen drastic measures being taken by government and medical fraternity to reduce the chances of cross infection of COVID-19. Recently, Interventional Pulmonologist at KRIMS Hospital Dr Sameer Arbat developed his second innovation to fight COVID-19 pandemic named ? Doctor Safety Assistant ? (codename DOCS-ARM) or Doctor Safety Assistant for Remote Monitoring.

Dr Sameer Arbat

Dr Sameer Arbat

It is an audio-visual communication device, which can be easily assembled by any doctor. The innovation is an indigenous idea, in which the components used are easily available in all hospitals. Dr Sameer has used a regular IV stand with wheels and attached a basic selfie stick to it. On this, a smart phone is mounted. The doctor can use any video calling service like WhatsApp or Skype to establish audio-visual connection from inside to outside of the ward. A similar assembly if bought from E-commerce sites or the Factory, can cost you anywhere between 100 to 300 US$ (Rs 20,000 approx.)


The utility of this device is to reduce the usage of PPE kits and to reduce the chances of cross infection to the health care workers who are working in an isolation ward like the ones designated for COVID-19 suspects or confirmed cases. The Doctor Safety Assistant has been designed for acting as an assistant inside COVID-19 isolation ward thus limiting the number of doctors entering the ward. So now, one doctor can carry the DOCS-ARM with her/him while the remaining team can sit in another cabin and participate in the in-patient rounds.

The device is a boon for doctors above the age of 60 as they are more susceptible to the COVID-19 infection and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised them for strict quarantine. Now senior doctors can give their expert advice for admitted patients without entering the isolation ward.

This eventually limits the use of PPE without hampering the medical management. Also, very often patients in ICUs or isolation wards experience anxiety, depression due to lack of communication. The Doctor Safety Assistant can help in communication between the patient and their attendants without any risk of cross-infection or hospital-acquired infection. The device can be easily be disinfected with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Considering the expected increase in number of COVID-19 cases, many ICUs and hospitals might encounter suspected or confirmed cases in coming future. I have designed this do-it-yourself assembly keeping in mind the shortage of PPE kits and risk of doctors getting infected, especially senior physicians, said Dr Sameer Arbat.


This is Dr Sameers second innovation for COVID-19 pandemic. His first invention ? Bronchoscopy Safety Box ? received international recognition and has been named the Arbat Safety Box? by Italian Thoracic Society and a special mention in the Position Paper on Bronchoscopy in COVID-19, published internationally by the Italian Thoracic Society & Italian Society of Pulmonologists.

The advantages of the Doctor Safety Assistant are:

1. It is easy to assemble

2. No extra cost

3. Easy to manoeuvre and carry around with minimal effort

4. Reduce the usage of PPEs

5. Limit the chances of cross-infection

6. Remote monitoring of patients

7. Inter-departmental references

8. For senior physicians and consultants

9. Tele-conferencing

10. Patient communication with attendants  

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NIA raids Nagpur man’s residence at 4 am for suspected terror links with Zakir Naik




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
National Investigation Agency – NIA – conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in its ongoing probe into a case having terror links.

Area in Satranjipura where raids were being conducted

National Investigation Agency – NIA – conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in its ongoing probe into a case having suspected terror links with Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The investigation that began at 4 am and concluded at 8 am during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, was carried out at Satranjipura and Hansapuri areas of the city. 

Acting on a tip off, the officials raided the residences of the accused for allegedly establishing a contact in Pakistan through their mobile phones. 

The NIA interrogated two people – Akhtar Raza Vald Moh and Ahmad Raza Vald Moh – living near Badi Masjid in Satranjeepura for allegedly chatting with a Pakistani person through WhatsApp. 

The NIA team released Abdul after issuing him a notice and confiscating his phone. The NIA team confiscated Abdul’s mobile phone.. Reportedly, a few days back, both the accused had an argument at an Iftar party that was organised at Badi Masjid so the Lakdganj Police had called them for questioning. 

Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) who faces multiple charges of money laundering and hate speech in India. Naik, who has been residing in Malaysia since 2017, is accused of instigating Muslim youth and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

Also read: Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association with Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

Also read: Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…

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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.

Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January. 

On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.

The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.

The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence. 

It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka. 

In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner. 

Also read: NMC spends ₹20 crore on lighting trees for C20 in Nagpur

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