39 pilgrims die in 2 weeks, health advisory issued

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Since the commencement of Char Dham Yatra 2022, as many as 39 pilgrims have lost their lives during the pilgrimage in Uttarakhand, an official said on Monday.

According to the official, high blood pressure, heart attack and mountain sickness were the reasons for the demise of the pilgrims.

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“Most of the deaths of all the pilgrims have taken place on the travel routes. The cause of death of all has been high blood pressure, heart attack, and mountain sickness,” Uttarakhand Director-General Health Dr Shailja Bhatt told news agency F10 News.

Health check-ups of pilgrims

The health official informed that the health check-up of the pilgrims is being done at various places on the travel routes besides Rishikesh. “Pilgrims who are not medically fit are being advised not to travel,” she said.

Earlier last week, the DG informed that the health screening of the pilgrims now is being done at the points created on the travel routes.

Dr Shailja Bhatt informed, “Health screening of passengers has been started at Rishikesh ISBT registration site. A health screening camp has been set up at Pandukeshwar for the pilgrims of Dobata and Hina and Badrinath Dham on the Yatra route of Yamanotri and Gangotri respectively.”

After the health screening, the passengers who are found to have any physical illness, are being advised to rest or go on the journey only after becoming fit for health, she said.

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Char Dham Yatra 2022

The yatra began with the opening of Gangotri and Yamunotri portals for devotees on May 3, on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. While Kedarnath re-opened on May 6, the doors of Badrinath opened on May 8.

(With agency inputs)  

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