Char Dham Yatra 2023: Char Dham Yatra is going to start on 22 April. Before that the state health department issued a health advisory for the pilgrims. Health Department Secretary Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar has taken this step given the safety of the people going to visit Char Dham. According to the guidelines, since all the pilgrimage sites are located in the high Himalayan region and will be at an altitude of more than 2,700 meters above sea level, there is a possibility that travelers may be affected by low humidity, extreme cold, low oxygen, and low air pressure Are.

Apart from this, some guidelines issued by the government require a thorough health check-up before leaving for travel. People with pre-existing diseases are advised to carry a sufficient quantity of prescribed medicines and the contact details of their respective doctors. Also, all people and senior citizens, who are already sick, or who were suffering from COVID-19, have been asked by the government to consider postponing the pilgrimage or not doing it at all.

The government health advisory further states that patients suffering from respiratory ailments, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes should take extra precautions while traveling at high altitudes. During travel, people who feel sick, and experience symptoms like headache, nausea, and drowsiness are advised to seek immediate medical help.

In the advisory, people have also been advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants and to refrain from smoking. Also, they are advised to keep themselves well-hydrated and avoid traveling on an empty stomach. Giving more details about the National Ambulance Service, the advisory said that in case of emergency helpline numbers - 108, National Ambulance Service, and 104, Uttarakhand Health Helpline can be contacted.