KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The GTA Foundation has successfully conducted a heart check-up camp for mountain guides, trekking guides, and porters as part of its main project.
The camp held at Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center in Bansbari on Saturday conducted heart examinations of approximately 100 people from the ranks of mountain guides, trekking guides, and porters.
This initiative addresses the issue of service disruption for these individuals who, despite experiencing heart problems and pain, face challenges accessing expensive examinations and treatments.
Deepak Chandra Bajracharya, head of the GTA Foundation, announced that GTA Foundation, in partnership with Henry Ford Health and Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center, is committed to conducting heart check-up camps for those working in the Himalayan and high mountain tourism areas.
Senior cardiologist Dr Binay Rauniyar and his team conducted heart examinations, focusing on Sherpas who are crucial for the protection of the heart.
The process began with participants filling out a form for heart check-ups. Fifty individuals initially submitted forms, with a total of 90 people ultimately undergoing heart tests.
Achyut Guragain, outgoing president of NATTA and co- chairperson of the Tourism Committee of the Federation of Nepal Chambers of Commerce and Industry, emphasized the importance of GTA Foundation's initiative, stating that providing free heart check-ups and treatment for guides and porters including Sherpas is a praiseworthy effort.
The one-day camp proved particularly beneficial for many Sherpas. Certificates were awarded to those who underwent heart check-ups.