Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel provide medical care to Amarnath pilgrims

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel provide oxygen and medical aid to ongoing Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel assist a pilgrim with oxygen on the way to the cave shrine in Amarnath (pictured India Today)

Trained Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel provide oxygen to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims underway at high altitude. This is part of their security duty for this year’s Amarnath Yatra.

Until July 2, the ITBP provided oxygen assistance to more than 50 passengers who felt ill due to the need for oxygen.

The travel route from Sheshnag (12,324 ft) to Mahagun Top (14,000 ft) is frequented by ITBP personnel, where frequent cases of shortness of breath and high altitude effects have been observed. Troops have been told to monitor those passengers who are showing symptoms of shortness of breath and altitude sickness.

ITBP doctors equipped with oxygen cylinders provide oxygen to pilgrims affected by the altitude. Soldiers also check their blood pressure.

The ITBP also provides first aid to passengers when needed. They patrol areas to attend to passengers who require any type of medical assistance. They also take the wounded on stretchers to the Sheshnag camp or hospital.

The ITBP has provided such assistance during the trip over the years. In 2019, staff installed a shield to prevent rockfall and help pilgrims cross dangerous landslide-prone areas. They also helped pilgrims cross bridges over overflowing water bridges. The ITBP also provided oxygen to hundreds of pilgrims that year.