Vohra concerned over mounting death toll
AMARNATH YATRA 2012
Srinagar, July 4: Governor, N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, chaired a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss the problems of the pilgrims during the first 9 days of the annual Amarnath Yatra, an official spokesman said.
He said Navin K Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, SASB, Preet Pal Singh, Additional CEO, SASB, and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.
The Governor expressed serious concern over the unfortunate deaths of 22 pilgrims, mostly due to cardiac failures. He directed the CEO to take immediate steps for further publicizing the Do’s and Don’ts and the Health Advisory issued by the SASB for the Yatris. It was reiterated that all intending pilgrims who wish to undertake the pilgrimage must follow and fully adhere to the Do’s and Don’ts and the Health Advisory issued by the Shrine Board, and also available at the Board’s website, before deciding to undertake the pilgrimage.
All those intending to undertake the Yatra were once again urged to take all required precautions and no person who has any medical or orthopaedic ailment, or any breathing, chest or heart problem should even think of undertaking this arduous Yatra, which involves climbing upto nearly 14,000 feet. Trekking in the high altitude route to the Holy Cave is difficult and, besides, inclement weather also poses challenges for the pilgrims. Doctors and paramedical staff along both the two routes, via Pahalgam and Baltal, have been deployed for providing emergency medicare and treatment to the pilgrims. Any Yatri feeling uneasy must immediately seek medical assistance. It was also emphasized that every Yatri, even those in good physical condition, must carry the medicine, which he or she is required to take daily, if any, and, besides, some general preparations like Glucose, Disprin, Combiflam, Moove, Iodex, etc.
Of the total of 22 Yatris who lost their lives, 15 were males and 7 females; 5 were from Punjab, 3 each from Haryana and Gujarat, 2 each from Rajasthan and Karnataka and one each from West Bengal, Jharkhand, UP, MP, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. In the past 9 days 13 pilgrims lost their lives due to cardiac arrest. Eleven Yatris died at the Yatra Camps, 2 in hospitals at Srinagar and the remaining 9 at various locations in the entire Yatra area.
Preet Pal Singh, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board disclosed that in the case of death of any Yatri, the Shrine Board arranges, at its own expense, to shift the body from the place of death to the Base Camp and from there to the Police Control Room at Srinagar for postmortem and other required formalities. In indigent cases, the Shrine Board has been providing the required financial support for transporting the bodies to their native places.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 4 Jul 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 4 Jul 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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