Music to enhance quality of healing process of long-term care patients at Thumbay University Hospital

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September 22, 2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 22: The Long-Term Care unit of Thumbay University Hospital, the largest private academic hospital in the region with 350 beds located at Thumbay Medicity, Al Jurf, Ajman, has added music to the services they offer residents, to reduce anxiety and depression among them and to enhance their healing process. As a beginning, music is now played for residents who have specifically asked for it, as they believe it soothes their minds and helps them adjust better to the life at the Long-Term Care facility.

A number of studies in recent times have suggested the use of music for the benefit of patients in long term care. Especially in people with conditions like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, music has been found to reduce agitation and unhappiness.

The hospital is also making arrangements to enable patients play their favorite music instruments and create their own music, as part of the Long-Term Care unit’s efforts to help the patients pursue their creative interests and to keep them engaged in productive activities. Dr.Manvir Singh Walia, COO of Thumbay University Hospital says that by providing music of the patients’ liking, the hospital has introduced a unique way to support them. “This is in line with our holistic approach to care. We have seen that Long-Term Care residents are comforted by their preferred kind of music, helping them communicate more and better, and keeping them motivated on the path to recovery” he said.

In addition, the hospital has also launched a “happy hours” initiative for its long-term care patients, under which they’ll be taken to the hospital’s Therapeutic Garden every Friday, for an hour of relaxation and being close to nature. Patients will be served free juices and snacks during the happy hour.

A patient in the Long Term Care unit of Thumbay University Hospital, Mr. Lancelot Frank recently experienced a livemusic session at the hospital,conducted by House of Pianos, Dubai. A senior engineer and music enthusiast and a UAE resident for over 33 years, Lancelot is fast recuperating at Thumbay University Hospital.

Ms. Oxana Uncu, an award-winning Moldavian pianist and singer/songwriter and Mr. Abner D'Souza, musician and Product Marketing Manager at House of Pianos were part of the team that performed for Lancelot. Commenting on their cooperation with the hospital to make this possible, the Founder/CEO of House of Pianos, Mr. Shavkat Mamajonov said, “House of Pianos has been established to serve the community, be it artists, music lovers, beginners or those who need music as a therapy for treatment. It makes us proud that we can do our part to bring joy to the community with our work.”

The patient’s brother, Mr. Naveen Frank says that listening to music helps Lancelot cope better with his treatment and keeps him cheerful and optimistic. “He has always been fond of music and I’m sure it is giving him a renewed energy as he finds his way to recovery, helping him relax his mind and lift his mood,” he said. Naveen also performed old sentimental songs for his brother on the harmonica and guitar.

Thumbay Group has maintained Thumbay University Hospital   as a COVID-free hospital. The hospital has taken strict measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its patients, visitors and staff, including steps to limit the movement of people and maintain social distancing within its premises.

The 100-bed Long-Term Care facility at Thumbay University Hospital offers a variety of services which meet both the medical and non-medical needs of those who cannot take care of themselves. The Long-Term Care unit places equal emphasis on the quality-of-life and quality-of-care for its patients. It is designed for patients who need extended hospital care or nursing home care, and the facility’s convenient location allows patients to stay in a safe hospital environment and to continue interacting with family and friends. One of the most remarkable features of hospital’s inpatient facilities is the ‘Therapeutic Garden’; an innovative approach to rehabilitation aimed at providing holistic recovery to patients.

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October 26,2020

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Udupi, Oct 26: Kevin Chris D’Souza, a 22-year-old student earned the title 'Master Blaster' as he played for the cricket team of the Medical University of Sophia, Bulgaria, in the European T10 cricket league tournament series hosted by European Cricket Network (ECN). In the T10 innings that he played, he scored a total of 198 runs comprising of 19 sixes and 9 fours. He being a top order batsman, which is where he was announced the 'Master Blaster', a prestigious milestone indeed, in his newly begun career as a cricketer.

The highlight of his career is the recognition he got from the Bulgarian National Cricket team selectors after they witnessed his live performance at the European T10 cricket league tournament which was flawless, authentic and par excellence. He was almost instantly absorbed into the national cricket team of Bulgaria which played Malta in a 4-match T20 series late September. In views of the formalities to be followed, he made his debut for Bulgarian national cricket team on September 23 this year against Malta, this being the qualifier series for the ICC world cup T20 tournament in Europe.

Kevin was born on September 16, 1998, in Kuwait to Norbert D’Souza and Clera Noronha who hail from Udyavara/Pithrodi (Udupi) respectively. He draws appreciation from his loving elder sister Nicole D’Souza, who is currently single and working in the United Kingdom (UK).

Kevin received his early education from United Indian School, Kuwait, where he acquired his higher secondary education certificate with a very good percentage and thereby qualified for his further studies in medicine at the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

During his school years, this young and handsome yet shy and quiet teenager attracted a lot of attention and was recognized as an enthusiastic and enterprising sportsman. He represented the school in basketball and football and won many trophies and medals for the school and himself. Along with sports, he excelled in his academic performance too. When he went to Bulgaria, he joined the university cricket team and pursued his passion for cricket, thus paving his way to the beginning of a glorious career in cricket. He has played for many minor teams in the past couple of years, but mainly played for the Medical University team of Sofia, Bulgaria, and made two appearances for the Bulgarian national team.

Kevin is a right hand batsman and his bowling style is right arm medium. He leaves the audience awestruck and mesmerized with an open gaping mouth as he blasts the ball and hits the sixes right through the air past the boundary.

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October 29,2020

Mangaluru, Oct 29: A worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on Wednesday evening attacked by a group of people in his photo studio at Farangipete in Dakshina Kannada, police said.

According to the police, three persons have been arrested in the matter. Dinesh has been admitted to a local hospital and is receiving treatment, police said.

"Dinesh, a BJP worker who works as a professional photographer was attacked by a group of people in his photo studio at Farangipete yesterday. Three people have been arrested. They have been identified as Mohammed Arshad, Abdul Rahman, Mohammed Saifuddin," Superintendent of Police (SP) BM Laxmi Prasad told reporters here.

The reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained, police said.

Further details are awaited.

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October 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 19: The CBI has booked six customs officials in connection with the alleged disappearance of gold weighing 2.6 kg from a warehouse at the airport in the city.

The gold was seized at the Kempegowda international airport here from 13 passengers between June 8, 2012 and 26 March, 2014.

On October 12, 2020, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against two assistant commissioners, three superintendents of central tax and another officer.

In its report, the CBI stated that the Directorate of General Vigilance of Hyderabad Zonal Unit of Customs department had conducted an internal investigation and found the alleged involvement of the officials in seizure of gold and its deposit in the warehouse.

It was during their tenure at the Airport that the gold went missing.

The six officers who were in charge of the mishandled baggage godown were entrusted with the gold seizure from the passengers, the CBI said.

“They abused their official position and did not carry out inventory of the gold and did not hand over the yellow metal received from the seizing officers to the MHB officers of the next shift,” the CBI said in its FIR.

All the six have been booked under section 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (Criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and 13(1)(c) (fraudulent misappropriation) and 13(2) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act-1988.

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