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All About Current Tests For Coronavirus

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All About Current Tests For Coronavirus
Currently the government is facing massive pressure on lack of facility for coronavirus testing. Distressingly, the ‘R’ has climbed from 0.8 one month back to 1.4 today.The health secretary , Matt Hancock on a TV interview today (18th September 2020) put that the testing will be massively ramped up by the end of October 2020. He also commented that some of the people not strictly adhering to the basic preventative methods like social distancing, wearing face masks in enclosed areas and washing hands with soap and water scrupulously resulted in their seeking for Covid-19 test. In the parliament, Jacob Rees Mogg dismissed testing shambles and wanted to stop ‘endless carping’ over the test availability. The research shows that a lot of people repeatedly take tests because they do not strictly adhere to regulations. At the same time the authority in charge of the testing should have foreseen the spurt of infection on school reopening and on relaxatio…

An Appraisal Of My Medical Officer Post In Prisons

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An Appraisal Of My Medical Officer Post In Prisons
A lot of people will be inquisitive of how incarcerated prisoners get medical treatment in a secluded environment. Watching movies on prisoners life will not show much about the working in prison healthcare system. In this blog I shall explain my experience as a prison medical officer managing healthcare issues of prisoners in a prison environment.
That was in early 2000, I got a phone call from a stranger who introduced himself as Dr.Ranasingha, a friend of my colleague Dr.Ali, who used to work with me in the Benefits Agency Medical Services. Both of them were from Srilanka, and after introducing himself, Dr.Ranasinghe told that he was working in Rochester Prison. He enquired whether I was interested in working in the prison to cover for his holidays. At that time I was not having any idea about the role of a doctor in the prison environment. After a while I rang back Dr.Ranasinghe and told him that I was interested in the post, as I t…

Real Estate Selling In India And Repatriation Of Fund

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Real Estate Selling In India And Repatriation Of Fund    In my earlier blog, I have narrated the difficult process of buying a property in India together with some interesting anecdotes. After a year of purchase of the property,I was so pleased as the prices started going up. When I was in India the following year, the same broker contacted me and asked me whether I was interested in selling the property. Those days, my intention was to construct a house, once I return from Nigeria, therefore I told the broker very clearly that I had no intention of selling it. When I received UK citizenship in early 1990s, I changed my mind about constructing a house.Then I thought of constructing a multi storey high rising tower, as an investment. I worked out the financing from bank and selling the flats at the launch of the project to recuperate the borrowed money. I discussed about the construction with a consultancy, who enumerated various regulations in obtaining the licenses and permits. The co…

Ups And Downs Of My Medical Student Life

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Ups And Downs Of My Medical Student  Life  In my earlier blogs I mentioned about my going to Davanagere, Karnataka state, India to study medicine. That was the first time I left my home, living alone and looking after my affairs my own.  I cannot present the incidents or experiences in a light hearted way, because doing so will be less factual.The life in Davangere was not a bed of roses, as I had to face problems one after another. Moreover, my father was only sending Indian Rupees 150 per month through his business partner, Shetty, and every month ritually I had to go to his shop at Mandipet to collect the amount in cash.I had  to adjust all expenses within that amount during 1967 to 1971 period. As written before, a good percentage of medical students in capitation fee paying medical colleges are not there for studying, but to satisfy the ego of their parents, who brag about their sons or daughters were budding doctors. Medical profession is reckoned to be respectful and unemployme…

My meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron

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My meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron
As a teenager, I was interested in politics and had involved in students union activities. Those days my father used to boast about his friendship with the central government minister Mr. A. M. Thomas, and once in Delhi, he took me to his official residence. I then thought of the day when I will get that privilege to meet dignitaries. 
I was working in Nigeria since 1976 as a doctor in a community hospital. My employer, Mbadiwe was a political leader and as an adviser to the head of state of Nigeria. In 1978, the hospital in Nigeria was visited by Mr.Olusegon Obasanjo, the head of state of Nigeria. Mr.Obasanjo came to power through a military coup organised by his predecessor.Then, I had an occasion to meet Mr.Obasanjo with his entourage and take him around the hospital. 
After settling in the UK in 1981, I could not involve in politics as I was busy with my clinical work and my studying for the fellowship in surgery. But in 1998, I j…

My Journey Through Becoming A Land Owner First Time

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 My Journey Through Becoming ALand Owner First TimeFrom 1976 onwards, I was working in  community hospitals in Nigeria.Each time I visit Thrissur, India, my parents used to extol the virtues of owning a plot of land and building one's house there. They were of the opinion that the property prices will go only one way, that is upwards only! When I visited Thrissur in 1979,I determined to buy a plot of land with a view to construct a house later. I engagedseveral real estate brokers who showed me different types of properties. Normally they get2.5% brokerage from the buyer and  2.5% from the seller. These brokers do not have any established business or real estate shop. Unlike in the western countries, the brokers do not keep any sale sign board.I learned from real estate experts about choosing properties. I realised that the location and the potential for growth of the locality are more important than the d├ęcor or size of the house . Also I was advised to check for the intact fenci…

A Cross Section Of My Gloomy Life In Davanagere

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A cross section of my gloomy life in Davanagere
 I secured a medical seat in JJM Medical College at Davanagere, Karnataka, India. I was prepared for the tough and disciplined life of a medical student for the next five years.In August 1967, I travelled by train to go to Davanagere.My father had arranged for my accommodation with a merchant, Savanna Shetty, at Davangere and I arrived at the address in Mandipet in a horse carriage . The room was on the first floor without any furniture, windows but there was a bed on the floor. To go to the toilet I have to go downstairs in the common facility. That night was very miserable, the next day morning I contacted the college authorities to get a hostel room. Unfortunately, the authorities could not help me as the college had not yet finished the construction of a hostel. They directed me to a private lodging called PJ Extension and I was given accommodation in a double room. The rent was high in that lodging set up, and I have to squeeze other…

My Vivid Memories On Pets And Animals

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My Vivid Memories On Pets And Animals 
I have had a close association with animals and I am an advocate for their welfare. Once someone keeps an animal, he/she has to look after it properly, and should not develop a soft power over it.That was the advice given to me by my late mother. We moved from Cochin to Trichur (then) in 1956, as my father bought our ancestral property in the town centre. Those days my father used to come once in a week only, as he was running a wholesale grocery shop at Cochin.In my childhood at Trichur, from 1958 we had chicken housed in a chicken coop, goats in shelter and cattle in a wide shed with facility for feeding hay.We had a servant, called Velayudhan those days, but I was in overall charge of the animals. It was a great responsibility to look after them, feed them on time, clean the shelter, maintain hygiene and call a vet if they are unwell.I was particularly fond of the mother goat, which was white in colour with brown patch. I let the goats go wande…

A Timely Intervention To Save Life

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A Timely Intervention To Save Life First aid and resuscitation procedures are basic skills one should learn and refresh periodically. Whilst practising, I was required to attend courses on Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic life support. One of the life support manoeuvres is Heimlich manoeuvre or abdominal thrust, practised to dislodge food or other object caught in the throat causing choking. This may cause airway obstruction with catastrophic outcome. In my experience, there was an occasion, I have to do it to save my friend from a distressing situation. This happened in Saudi Arabia(KSA) in 1987, soon after my qualification as the Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons(FRCS). I was offered a surgeon’s job in King Khalid Military Hospital, Jeddah, KSA in October 1987. I accepted it because I thought it would be an exposure to a different set up in a different country. The employer sent a ticket advice and arranged for me to have KSA visa stamped on my passport. I arrived in Jeddah…