Doctors head to Gosaikunda

Kathmandu, August 9:

A team of doctors and paramedics will leave for Gosaikunda tomorrow to treat pilgrims, who might suffer from high altitude sickness.

Every year, more than 50,000 people visit Gosaikunda, a historically and culturally significant religious destination situated at 4,380 metres, to mark Janai Purnima.

The team of five doctors and three paramedics from Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aims to treat pilgrims that will throng to Gosaikunda during a fair to be held on August 13-16.

Any person may suffer from high altitude sickness, said HRA general secretary Kumar Ranabhat. He said the team was heading to Gosaikunda because timely treatment could save lives.

People who ignore symptoms of altitude sickness face health hazards later, he said. “Medication is needed immediately,” Ranabhat said.