Srinagar: Concerned over rising number of deaths of devotees en route the cave shrine of Amarnath this year, a team led by Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma visited pilgrim camps to review medical facilities provided to them.
Sharma, accompanied by his deputy Javid Ahmad Dar and Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Navin K Choudhary, visited camps at Nunwan, Sheshnag, Panjtarni, Holy cave and Baltal yesterday, an official spokesman said.
He said the team inspected all Medical Aid Centres (MAC), checked the number of doctors and para-medical staff on duty and the availability of medicines, essential diagnostic and treatment equipments and oxygen cylinders.
As many as 83 pilgrims have died, mostly due to cardiac arrest since the commencement of the yatra on June 25, sparking off criticism by Hindu groups who have alleged lack of adequate medical facilities....more
12:02 PM, Jul 17, 2012