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SOPs for Char Dham Yatra issued in 9 languages

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By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 27 Apr: Pilgrims coming from different states of the country for the Chardham Yatra will now be able to get information related to the yatra in their local language. For the first time, the Health Department has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of Chardham Yatra in nine languages.
After the opening of the portals of Badrinath Dham, the Char Dham Yatra has duly begun. On the instructions of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Health Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, for the convenience of the pilgrims coming from different states of the country, the Health Department has issued a new SOP regarding the guidelines for the journey in nine languages. Guidelines have been issued in Tamil, Oriya, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu languages.
Health Secretary Dr R Rajesh Kumar informed that issuing guidelines for Chardham Yatra in local languages would facilitate the passengers. He appealed to the pilgrims to observe the SOPs and to come to Char Dham Yatra fully prepared. He further appealed to them not to make any kind of haste during the journey and let the body acclimatise to the weather prevailing in the hills to avoid any possible health complications. The pilgrims have been asked to contact the nearest medical centre or unit in case of any health problem faced by them.
The Health Secretary said that all the pilgrimage sites in the Chardham Yatra are in the high Himalayan region, with height being more than 2700 meters above sea level. Extreme cold, low humidity, excessive ultraviolet radiation, low air pressure and lack of oxygen in those places can cause health problems for the pilgrims, the SOP mentions. As per the SOPs, the pilgrims have been asked to plan well for the travel and plan the trip for at least seven days so that they need not rush into the Yatra and instead let the body adapt to the local temperature and environment. Besides this, the pilgrims have also been urged to take a break of 5 to 10 minutes after every one hour of climbing on foot.
The pilgrims have been asked to bring warm clothes, gloves, socks, raincoat to protect from rain, umbrella essentially during the Yatra. Passengers suffering from heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes have been urged to carry health check-up equipment like pulse oximeter, thermometer and necessary medicines and contact numbers of their doctors. They were also urged not to travel against the medical advice.
In addition, the pilgrims have been urged to drink at least two litres of fluid during the journey and eat a nutritious diet and in case of any discomfort, get health check-up done at screening centres and medical units. Passengers above 55 years of age, pregnant women, and those suffering from hypertension or cardiac problems, asthma or diabetes or those who are obese have been further urged to take special care and precautions.