MUSSOORIE, INDIA, May 12, 2022 (Hindustan Times): The death of 27 pilgrims during the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3 has rattled the Uttarakhand government, prompting the state health department to seek detailed reports on the deaths from chief medical officers of Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts, where the four revered shrines are located, officials said. Director general, health, Shailja Bhatt said she has instructed the chief medical officers of the three districts in Char Dham area that there should be no shortage of health services at any level. “We have deployed cardiologists in Char Dham routes, and our doctors are competent enough to deal with emergencies but are faced with limitations as most of the cases are ‘brought dead’ ones,” she said. Bhatt said one cardiac ambulance unit has been deployed at Uttarkashi while 12 advanced life support system units have been set up along with trained cardiologists on Char Dham yatra routes. Health officials said over 50 permanent medical units, over 100 temporary units and temporary medical relief posts along with first aid medical research units have been set up along with deployment of 132 doctors on the Char Dham yatra routes.

Meanwhile, at Kedarnath, two deaths were reported on Friday taking the tally to 11 at the shrine. BK Shukla, chief medical officer Rudraprayag (Chhattisgarh), said around 9,356 pilgrims have been treated at the 16 medical units (OPD). “Apart from these, 13 medical units have been set up on the pedestrian route at Kedarnath and the pilgrims are being advised to stop at every medical representative outpost and go through the examination process for the level of oxygen and pulse and leave only after a rest of 10 minutes,” he added. Health officials have also appealed to pilgrims to carry warm and woolen clothes with them, avoid smoking and drug abuse, drink water during the journey and not go hungry. The patients suffering from respiratory diseases, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and diseases occurring in the high-altitude areas have been advised to take special precautions as well as to keep their doctor’s consultation form and doctor’s contact number with them.

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