Life-Saving Oxygen at 15000 Feet: How J&K Police, NDRF Assist Amarnath Yatris with Breathing Issues

We were going from Ganesh Top to Panchtarni. At the height of 15,000 feet my oxygen level dropped down, a yatri on his way to the Amarnath cave said. I began to feel uncomfortable and was almost unconscious. The Jammu & Kashmir police MRT saw me in this condition and they made me sit down. They gave me oxygen through a portable oxygen cylinder. After which I felt a lot relieved. I appreciate that the government is doing so much, taking care of us, the yatri was grateful. There are a lot of medical camps installed at strategic places. The NDRF team also helped me. I could not walk two steps. Now I am feeling quite fit, the yatri said after being administered oxygen. In this high altitude, one problem that occurs most is breathing problems, said NDRF staff. Whenever we feel that a yatri is showing signs of low oxygen, we provide them oxygen which we carry with us. If we are unable to take care, we transport the patient to our lower base camp at Poshpatri either on our shoulders or on a stretcher. Till now, the maximum problem arising in yatris is of low oxygen. During a day, around 10-15 of the Amarnath yatris are those who require oxygen.

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