Doctors advise pilgrims to be extra cautious during Char Dham Yatra

Thursday, 23 MAY 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

Doctors have advised that pilgrims should exercise added caution and attentiveness regarding their health throughout the ongoing Char Dham Yatra. Those with pre-existing medical conditions are advised to carry necessary medication and observe precautions during the pilgrimage. Stress and reduced oxygen levels in high-altitude areas could potentially result in cardiac arrest among those suffering from prior conditions, the doctors said.

The Char Dham Yatra covers Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath all situated at high altitudes posing challenges for certain individuals during the pilgrimage. The deputy medical superintendent of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) Hospital Dr Dhananjay Dobhal said that travelling to places at high altitudes can cause breathing issues for many individuals. Considering the high altitude locations, he advised people to exercise extra caution regarding their health, especially individuals already suffering from ailments like diabetes, asthma and heart conditions. He further emphasised the importance for elderly individuals and those with existing health issues to consult their doctors and undergo necessary tests before embarking on the Char Dham Yatra. Dobhal highlighted the significance of individuals across all age groups taking short breaks during the journey, as continuous travel during the Yatra could impact their immune systems.

Senior physician at the district hospital Dr Praveen Panwar emphasised the importance of carrying medication for individuals already dealing with conditions like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart problems during the Char Dham Yatra. Due to the high altitudes and low oxygen saturation at the Char Dham Yatra sites, those with pre-existing health issues are at risk of experiencing cardiac complications if they do not take proper precautions. Panwar advised pilgrims to take frequent breaks and gradually acclimatise to the high altitudes by starting at lower elevation sites. He cautioned that even young adults who believe themselves to be healthy should not rush to higher altitudes as it can lead to health issues such as stress, hypertension and potentially cardiac arrest. He strongly recommended that all pilgrims carrying medication for existing ailments should take necessary precautions. Those with pre-existing medical conditions are advised to carry necessary medicines and be cautious during the Yatra.

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