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Another Year has come and Gone and It has been 14 Years since Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal(HRA) started providing medical services and Information to the Pilgrims of Gosaikunda.
As usual, In August 2012, HRA organized a free health camp at Gosaikunda.
A seven-member team of volunteer doctors and support staff provided the sick people with health services at Gosaikunda . And distributed brochures to the pilgrims to make them fully aware about the problems at high altitude at Dhunche . The team left HRA Head Quarter on July 25th ,2012 and returned to the capital on 4th of August.
The association has been organizing such a free health camp at Gosaikunda, a famous religious site located at an elevation of 4,380 meters above sea level on a regular basis between the Ekadashi and Janaipurnima festival where Thousands of pilgrims and trekkers visit to take a holy dip into the lake.
Pilgrims are not found to be aware of the symptoms of the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). They may suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, but they feel they have committed sins and become ill. With such superstitious beliefs, they try harder their attempt at any cost. As they do not take care of their health, they ignore the symptoms of AMS and climb up faster. This may ultimately lead them to death. Some young people believed on Garlic, Mountain Pepper , Ginger, Lemon, Hashish (Ganja and Bhang), Alcohol, etc. helps to walk faster without any problem which they consume and climb up with a feeling of competition. Due to their unawareness, some of them get severely ill. Some Pilgrims make a whole trip from Dhuche to Gosaikunda in one day and get one of the two or both complications of Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and High Altitude Cerebral Edema .
Keeping these aspects in mind, HRA operates a temporary medical camp at Gosaikunda between the Ekadashi and Janaipurnima .
This year HRA medical team provided medical facilities to more than 800 patients, of them ten were seriously ill and were rescued and taken down to lower altitude. Distributed more than 2000 brochures to the pilgrims at Dhunche before they ascend to the lake have them read and to make fully aware about the signs and symptoms and what they should do after getting them.
Number of patients spotted from 2006 to 2012
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Meanwhile, in order to give information about altitude sickness and the sacred pilgrimage site of Gosaikunda to the people of Bhaktapur and Madhyapur Thimi, HRA organized separate awareness programs at the concerned places.