The Hiamalayan Rescue Association Nepal recently organized a free temporary health camp atGosainkunda, a famous pilgrimage site during Janaipurnima festivallocated at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in Rasuwa District.Gosainkunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul into the mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison.Thousands of pilgrims visit this lake during Janaipurnima.

 Gosainkunda is located at very high altitude and pilgrims tends to ascend fast, so many of them are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) as they are not aware of the symptoms of mountain sickness and other mountain hazards.

Like other years, this year in 22nd July 2017 a 9 members medical team left to Dhunche from Kathmandu and reached Gosainkunda on 25th July and started working until 28th July 2017.This temporary health camp provided medical facilities to 172 patients this year. Among them 5 were seriously ill and was treated with medicine and oxygen in the camp and helped them to bring down to lower altitude.

HRA is not only treating the patients but also providing the information about altitude sickness and Gosainkunda by distributing the brochures to the pilgrims. HRA organized a talk program for the people of Bhaktapur and MadhyapurThimi Municipality to provide them information about altitude sickness and gosainkunda trek. A slide show was presented and brochures were distributed on that program.

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Dhobichaur, Lazimpat (North Gate of the Royal Palace)
P.O. Box No. 4944,
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-4440292 / 4440293
Fax: +977-1-4411956
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