At the time of the annual Amarnath Yatra in July 2023, around 66 medical camps will be set up by several organizations on the two routes that lead to the Amarnath cave, placed at an altitude of 3880m in the southern Kashmir Himalayan region.
One of the official spokesmen said, “The State Health Department will set up a total of 66 Medical Camps, Army, Central Paramilitary Forces, police, and NGOs along the two routes – the traditional 45-km Pahalgam-cave route in Anantnag district and the shorter 16-km Baltal-cave route in Ganderbal district.”
He added that the decision was taken at an important meeting headed by P K Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB). Senior officials of civil administration and different security agencies were a part of this meeting that was organized to evaluate and discuss the number of medical camps that will be set up by the Government, BSF, Army, SSB, CRPF, NGOs, and other agencies during the Yatra, which is commencing from 2nd July.
The spokesperson further added that 5 base hospitals would also be set by the health department of the state at Chandanwari, baltal, Panjtarni, Shesnag, and near the cave, where expert doctors and other facilities such as diagnostic kits, ECG machines, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers, Blood sugar and medical and surgical kits, pulse oxymeter, Ultrasound Machines, Portable X-ray, Defibrillators and Cardiac Monitors and Automated CPR machines, etc. would be offered. In addition, 9 Medical Aid Centers and 14 Emergency Aid Centers will also be set up by the Health Department on both routes that will provide sufficient medicines.
He also said that the department at Neelgrath Helipad would offer the comfort of the devotees’ health facilities. There are also going to be 2 Mobile Camps that will be operational along with Charri Mubarak, Lord Shiva’s holy mace. Also, 8 Medical Camps at Nunwan, Batltal, Chandanwari, Panjtarni, Brari Marg, and Lower Holy cave will be established by the Department of Indian System of Medicines.
The spokesman also informed that while the Army will be setting up 6 camps, BSF will set up 10 Medical camps along with 7 such camps by CRPF. Also, SSB will have 2 camps, and the local police and ITBP will have one each on the Yatra route. In addition, different NGOs will establish 3 medical camps en route to the Amarnath cave.
He informed, “These Medical Camps are located at an average distance of two km based on actual conditions obtaining on the ground and keeping in view the availability of required infrastructure like water, shelter sheds, tents, and sanitation facilities.”
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