At least nine hospitals treating novel Covid-19 patients in Agra have inadequate fire safety measures, authorities have found.
With the growing number of Covid-19 patients in Agra, the local administration is busy preparing new hospitals to serve as COVID care centers. There are over a dozen hospitals to treat novel coronavirus patients in Agra — incapable to fight a fire if it breaks out.
When Indiatoday.in surveyed these hospitals, it was found that nine of the hospitals, that were selected by the administration as COVID centers, were not equipped with any fire-fighting measures.
Few hospitals including two government hospitals — the Sarojini Naidu Medical College and the District Hospital — had expired hand-help fire extinguishers.
Earlier, UP Additional Chief Secretary Avnish Awasthi had asked for reports about the state of fire-fighting preparedness at all coronavirus hospitals in the state following the two incidents of fire at COVID hospitals in Ahmedabad and Vijaywada.
Chief Fire Officer Ranjan Sharma said that the survey was conducted as per the government orders and it was found that these hospitals were being “highly careless with fire safety norms”.
At Nayati Hospital, the fire safety arrangements at the isolation ward were not found as per norms.
When Indiatoday.in raised this issue before the Additional District Magistrate (Agra City) Dr. Prabhakant Awasthi, he said that the hospitals which have been found lacking in fire safety arrangements are being served notices.
Reacting to this, Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma expressed deep concern about the safety of Covid-19 patients admitted in these hospitals and demanded that a fire-safety survey be conducted of all hospitals and nursing homes of Agra.
“There are several small nursing homes in Agra, especially in the Trans-Yamuna and Arjun Nagar areas where fire safety norms are being openly flouted by nursing homes opened in residential buildings. Due to this, not just patients but lives of those staying near these nursing homes is also at stake,” he said.
Sharma said that none of these hospitals had the prescribed underground water tank capable of storing 1 lakh liters of water. Nayati Hospital had a tank that could store 40,000 liters of water, but some didn’t have even that much capacity. Nayati was constructed in such a way that the rear side of the building had no access for fire tenders.
“The nearby Prabha Hospital also didn’t have the required fire fighting arrangments. Even at the SN Medical college, fire fighting equipment was not seen in the Eye Department. There was not even a fire alarm. In the COVID wing of the hospital, there is equipment to fight a fire if it breaks out, but no trained staff to operate them,” Sharma said.
He added that if a fire breaks out in any of these COVID hospitals or any such nursing home of Agra where fire safety norms are not being followed, the city’s fire department will not be able to provide relief in time.
A man in New Zealand finds insects in his Domino’s pizza
A man in West Auckland, New Zealand says he was left feeling sick after allegedly discovering maggots (insects larva) on his takeaway pizza order from Domino’s. However, the Domino’s Pizza outlet where Reginald Thalari says he bought the pizza denied the claim.
On Tuesday afternoon, Thalari purchased four pizzas from Domino’s Pizza outlet in Avondale for his employees. But it was after they had eaten a few slices that Thalari alleges they made a stomach-churning discovery.
“It was disgusting. We ordered four pizzas but when we opened the box with pepperoni we saw maggots on the ham. I felt like spewing, to be honest. If someone says would you like some pizza I think I’ll turn them down next time.”
However, a Domino’s spokesperson said that it is extremely unlikely maggots would have been in store pre-purchase and said it would be “impossible” for eggs to survive the temperature of their ovens.
“Domino’s takes food health and safety extremely seriously, and ensures these standards are upheld through regular audits and inspections of stores throughout the year,” the spokesperson said.
The Domino’s Pizza spokeswoman further said that “Upon learning of this customer’s experience, we contacted the customer directly and have organised a deep clean of the store, as well as for our pest control company to further inspect,”
Singer Shobhit Sahay won hearts with his song ‘Mehrbaan Alvida’
Music can evoke many emotions in you. Songs help you express feelings for which you can’t find words. Singers play a key role in giving that effect to a song with their beautiful voices. In a country like India, many young singers are leaving people impressed with their impeccable talent. Shobhit Sahay from Muzaffarpur is one such talented singer/vocalist who is here to rule hearts.
Currently, Shobhit Sahay is grabbing headlines and making people fall in love with his song ‘Mehrbaan Alvida’. His melodious voice has elevated the song’s mood along with the catchy music. The song is trending on the internet and has crossed more than 100K views recently. Shobhit is over the moon with such a positive response to his latest release.
Along with being a good singer, Shobhit Sahay is also popular among the netizens as a social media influencer. Shobhit has thousands of followers on his Instagram account, where he shares videos covering various tracks. A few months ago, legendary singer Stebin Ben praised Shobhit for his amazing vocal skills. Shobhit also runs a YouTube channel where people can’t get enough of his talent and music skills.
Shobhit shares about his journey and love for music, “I have been into music since childhood. I used to listen to singers like Arijit Singh, Stebin Ben, Jubin Nautiyal and others. They captivate your mind with their soulful voice. They made me believe in my dreams and I am happy that people enjoy my work, especially my latest songs. I hope I keep making more original songs and people keep showering me with such good love.”
Thanks to the success of Mehrbaan Alvida, singer Shobhit Sahay has got the attention of many top Bollywood composers. Currently, various music composers have approached his to sing either for a movie or web show. Shobhit is excited about the way his singing career is shaping. Soon, he will announce his new project on social media.
About the enormous love and appreciation she receives on social media, the singer expresses, “I am incredibly amazed by the support and fondness of my Instagram followers. Their constant comments, appreciation, likes, and sharing of my content is what made me so strong in the world of social media. Deeply overwhelmed with the response. I hope I keep giving my best and make my followers and music lovers happy.”
Top military officer of India, CDS General Bipin Rawat passed away in chopper crash
General (retd) Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General, passed away on Wednesday when an Indian Air Force helicopter ferrying him and 13 others crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force said.
The crash took place as Rawat was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. It is being speculated that the crash took place due to low visibility in foggy conditions.
“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) said in a Twitter post late Wednesday.
“Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today,” the IAF said in a second post.
Rawat, a former Indian army chief, took office as the first CDS on 1 January 2020 at the start of a three-year term. He was the one point defence advisor to the Defence Minister. He was also entrusted with carrying out some of the country’s key defence reforms – creating synergy among the three services by merging their 17 different commands into four or five joint commands. The new commands were to focus on specific borders.