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More than 13 lakh pilgrims have registered for the Char Dham Yatra so far, but within two weeks of the commencement of the Yatra, at least 34 pilgrims have died due to heart attack, high blood pressure and mountain sickness. Most of them are people who had previously gone through corona infection. In view of the death of passengers at high altitudes, the administration has increased the precaution.
Lungs harden after infection
Senior Physician Dr. Praveen Panwar says that those who had more infection in their lungs due to Corona, they have problems in high places. In case of severe infection, the lungs become hardened. Their flowering capacity is reduced. In such a situation, if a person coming from the field is trying to breathe while climbing a mountain at a height of three thousand meters, then the lungs are not able to inflate properly. This increases the risk of stroke.
This means that patients with severe infections may have recovered, but in many cases their lungs have not fully recovered. Doctors advise that such people should avoid going to high altitude areas. That is why new medical camps have also been set up for the health check-up of the pilgrims on the Yatra route.
In view of the increasing cases of death due to heart attack in Chardham, the team of Health Department is screening pilgrims in vehicles including on foot.
If the infection was more than 12 points, then avoid mountain travel
Dr. Anurag Aggarwal, HOD, Department of Respiratory Diseases at Doon Medical College, says that people who had corona last year and their lung infection showed more than 12 points in CT scan, they should avoid going to high places this year. . Before going to such a high altitude, passengers should get X-ray or CT scan done.
If there is any discomfort in the chest, or lungs, bronchoscopy can be used to remove mucus or tissue samples for examination from those places. Bronchoscopy examination is performed under the supervision of a pulmonologist (respiratory specialist). This test will know how the condition of the lungs is. Based on that, you can decide to travel or avoid it.
Bookings for Kedarnath till May 21, Yamunotri till May 30, Gangotri and Badrinath till May 16 have been completed.
Water shortage and long jams on the travel route
Taking cognizance of the continuous deaths during the Chardham Yatra, the Center has also deployed NDRF and ITBP for the first time. Meanwhile, due to the large number of devotees, the yatra route is also facing turmoil. Somewhere there is a shortage of water and somewhere there is a seven-kilometer long jam. Taking advantage of the opportunity, hotels and restaurants are charging exorbitant prices. The situation has become such that the administration has to order the arrest of such traders. It has also been decided that passengers arriving without registration will not be allowed to go beyond Rishikesh.
Uttarakhand BJP spokesperson Shadab Shams said that devotees are dying because of religious beliefs.
Preparing to deploy army for crowd control
In Uttarakhand, about 50 thousand people are reaching every Dham in the pilgrimage of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath every day. This number is more than double the staying capacity in the Dhams. Many people are sleeping in cars. Controlling the crowd and providing health facilities is a big challenge for the government. Chief Secretary SS Sandhu said that the army would be deployed if needed.
CM Dhami has appealed to the people to avoid traveling if health is not good, postpone the journey for some time.
Even after the construction of the all-weather road, there is a jam
The common people hoped that this time the construction of an all-weather road would facilitate the Chardham Yatra. There will be no jam, but there is a tremendous jam in many towns falling on the Yatra route. In towns like Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Uttarkashi, Purola, Joshimath, Nandraprayag, Srinagar etc.