Mussoorie: The Uttarakhand government has formed a four-member panel of experts to ensure better health facilities at Kedarnath and to find ways to further enhance it for the benefit of the Char Dham pilgrims, health officials said on Thursday.
The decision was taken after 150 pilgrims died of cardiac and other health-related illnesses during the Char Dham Yatra. According to the statistics of the State Disaster Management Center, so far 68 deaths of pilgrims have been reported from Kedarnath Sanctuary, followed by 36 from Yamunotriya Sanctuary, 34 from Badrinath Sanctuary and 12 from Pilgrimage.
Health Secretary Radhika Jha has ordered the establishment of a four-member expert panel headed by National Health Mission Director Saroj Naitani, Doon Medical College’s Prof. Anurag Agarwal, Associate Professor of Cardiology, Prof. Amar Upadhyay and Naveen Rajput. , Associate Professor of Medical Department of Himalayan Hospital Jolly Grant.
Saroj Naithani, head of the expert panel, said, “The committee operates independently during its inspection, which starts from Friday in Kedarnath, which is a tough trek from a pilgrim’s health point of view and covers all health related aspects.”
He said the committee would review the health check-up camps and health units set up on the pilgrimage route and submit their recommendations to the state government on further improvement of health facilities in view of emergency health services and accident and health-related deaths.
According to Chief Medical Officer Rudraprayagya, BK Shukla, 2,432 devotees including 1,543 men and 889 women on the Kedarnath Yatra route have been screened and treated by OPD for 66,159 devotees, including 47,429 so far. Men and 18,730 women. Oxygen was provided to 174 pilgrims on Wednesday and 2,934 passengers have been provided with oxygen access so far.
So far, 259,710 passengers have been inspected and 95 passengers have returned after refusing to travel any longer.
6,575 pilgrims were given emergency medical treatment at various hospitals.
In addition, passengers are being tracked through 104 helplines so that health care assistance can reach those in need and protect them in case of an emergency, health officials said.
55,000 pilgrims visited the Char Dham temples on Wednesday. Since its launch on May 7, 18.2 lakh pilgrims have visited the Char Dham temples.