Elaborate Precautionary Steps in Sabarimala in View of Covid-19
With just one day left for the opening of Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple for the yearly Mandalam-Makaravilakku season, the Kerala government stated fancy arrangements have actually been made to ensure that no COVID-19 patient reaches the hill shrine for the expedition. The entire trip would be through the virtual line system this time, so the typical heavy rush can be controlled, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said after a high level meeting of authorities to evaluate the last preparations at the temple on Friday.
Detailing different steps taken by the government to make sure a smooth pilgrimage in the wake of the pandemic, Surendran stated each pilgrim, going to the shrine, need to bring a Covid unfavorable certificate, taken within the last 24 hours. COVID-19 screening kiosks would be opened at Pampa and Nilakkal, the base camps, to help enthusiasts to bring out the test before beginning the trekking.
Apart from this, plans would be made by the health department to make antigen tests in various centres consisting of, all bus stands and railway stations at Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kottayam, where pilgrims show up to proceed to the Lord Ayyappa temple, he stated. Actions would be required to make sure social distancing while permitting pilgrims for darshan.
For this, particular place would be marked for each devotee, the minister said including that those aged between 60- 65 years must send a medical physical fitness certificate. Those testing positive for the viral infection, consisting of those from other states, would be offered sufficient treatment up until they turn negative.
Treatment can be offered in either government or private healthcare facilities based on the need of the pilgrims. All plans including the ambulance facility have actually been set up in the federal government medical colleges in Pathanamthitta and Kottayam and also in the personal hospitals in these districts, he said.
Keeping in mind that mask was not mandatory for pilgrims while travelling, Surendran said the relaxation was according to the protocol that offered exemption during high physical activity, however, followers must follow strict COVID procedure. Used masks ought to not be gotten rid of and plans would be made to collect and recycle it, official sources added.
The two-month-long yearly Mandalam-Makaravilakku season at the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, situated in Pathanamthitta district, would begin on November 16.
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