Dehradun: With the Char Dham yatra commencing from this weekend in Uttarakhand, the secretary of health department, Rajesh Kumar, has shared an advisory for the pilgrims planning to undertake the yatra. This year, it would be mandatory for the pilgrims to fill a medical screening form that would help authorities understand the medical history of the pilgrims. Lifestyle diseases are at the core of medical screening during registration. Among the details that are being asked for, are past history of diabetes, cardiac problems, asthma, breathing issues and blood pressure.
A communique shared with the district magistrates (DM) of Garhwal region where the four shrines are located, DMs have been told to advise the pilgrims to plan a trip of at least seven days which includes short breaks of one-two hours to get sufficient time to acclimatise as weather can be erratic at high altitudes. Also, in case the doctor advises not to undertake the yatra, then one must avoid it. And those who do take the journey are advised to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Health touch-points have been set up at various locations for pilgrims who can refer to a map to find a kiosk and get a checkup done. Various medical relief posts, primary health centres, community health centres and district hospitals have prepared for the yatra.
Meanwhile, a workshop aimed to provide training on high altitude related medical illnesses to doctors and paramedical staff of Uttarakhand health and medical education department, who will be deployed at the Char Dham yatra, was organised by AIIMS-Rishikesh on Wednesday.

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