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Manali:Ā Responding to an SOS call, a team of doctors and paramedics on Monday trekked nearly 20km to treat children at remote Shakti and Maror villages in Kullu district.

ASHA worker Chinta Devi had visited the villages a few days ago and reported that so me children of the villages had developed viral pimples with fever.

A seven-member medical team on Monday morning headed to the villages with no road connectivity to treat the sick and examine all other residents as Shakti, Maror and Shugad remain cut off post snowfall.

Kullu chief medical officer Sushil Chander Sharma said: “ASHA worker had reported that three children had pimples with fever. She had also given medicine to the patients, but the deputy commissioner wanted the children to be examined at their homes.”

“A seven-member team comprising doctors, paramedical staff and ASHA workers left for the villages early on Monday morning. It will take them nearly eight hours to reach these villages. Besides treating the children, the team will also visit all the houses in the three villages and enquire about the health of residents. They will return on Tuesday,” said Sharma.

The CMO also said bringing all the children to the hospital was not a good idea, especially when such a long distance had to be covered on foot. So, the team of doctors will treat them at their houses. “We also want to ensure that all the villagers are medically fit before snowfall cuts off the villages,” he said.

Not just Shakti, Maror and Shugad, but villages in Gada parli panchayat in Kullu’s Sainj valley also have no road connectivity.

Shakti, Maror and Shugad villages are also bereft of mobile connectivity, electricity supply and health services. Patients are reportedly brought to the nearest road by tying them to cots or makesh stretchers. Two such patients were brought to hospital last week.

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