Mumbai DJ swaps deck for doctor’s scrubs to fight coronavirus

Sanjay Meriya, also known as the Spindoctor, checks the temperature of a woman in a temporary health center in Mumbai, India on May 25, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Mumbai DJ swaps deck for doctor’s scrubs to fight coronavirus

  • DJ Sanjay Meriya, known as The Spindoctor in Mumbai music circles, began work last month as a medical volunteer

MUMBAI: As India’s financial capital Mumbai battled a growing number of coronavirus cases, local DJ Sanjay Meriya set aside his turntable and dusted off a long-unused medical degree in order to help out.
Meriya, 30, known as The Spindoctor in Mumbai music circles, began work last month as a medical volunteer after spotting a government newspaper ad asking for help.
He has chiefly been visiting a slum in one of Mumbai’s worst-hit suburbs, clad in a protective suit and gloves, to instruct local residents about the precautions they should take to ward off the coronavirus.
“I’m very patriotic. I can battle this way (as a doctor),” Meriya, who signed up as a volunteer for at least three months, told Reuters.
Mumbai accounts for more than 32,000 of India’s 150,000 cases of the coronavirus, making it the worst-hit city. With government hospitals short of beds and health officials overworked, volunteers like Meriya are all the more important.
Meriya began to dabble in DJing as a hobby at around the age of 20 while studying for his medical degree, but said it then “took over me” — much to his family’s dismay.
“They hated it. They still hate it,” he said of his decision to devote himself to being a DJ.
Although worried about his potential exposure to the virus, Meriya’s family is thrilled to see him back in medicine.
“They now have a lot to share with all our relatives, if you know what I mean when it comes to Indian families,” he said.


Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

Updated 14 July 2020

Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

CAIRO: A touching video of a blind dog who recognizes the voice of his shelter carer in Egypt has been touching hearts on social media. 
The footage, initially shared by a Facebook user named Ahmad, shows a Whippet overwhelmingly welcoming the rescue shelter worker and playing with him.  
The man in the video is heard calling out the name “Arafa” a few times before the blind dog recognizes his voice and runs towards him. 
“He’s blind, has never seen me before, and doesn’t recognize my looks, but he can feel,” Ahmad wrote in a caption describing his video.
Stray dogs are found on every street in Egypt, posing a challenge for the authorities. They are often blamed for adding to traffic and being unsafe to pedestrians.
Rescue shelters have become popular but still face difficulties in receiving donations to care for dogs.