Dehradun: With just a week left for the start of Char Dham yatra, Uttarakhand Health Minister Surendra Singh Negi on Tuesday asked officials to ensure adequate supply of essential medicines and other medical facilities for devotees on the high-altitude pilgrimage route.
Negi, who reviewed preparations for the yatra scheduled to begin on May 13, said apart from adequate supply of medicines, doctors and para-medics be deployed, especially on pedestrian routes, for devotees visiting the famous Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand.
Haridwar-based Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya is deploying 16 of its ayurvedic doctors on pedestrian routes leading to Kedarnath Dham and Yamunotri Dham.
These specialist doctors will advise devotees on what to eat and what not to eat in view of the quick climatic variations in high altitudes, Negi said.
For the first time in the history of Char Dham yatra, many super-speciality hospitals have offered to provide their services on the yatra route.
The sacred portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines will be reopened on May 13 to mark the beginning of the Char Dham yatra.