Navratri 2023 : 10 people, die of heart attack while playing Garba in Gujarat says Report 

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Navratri 2023 : Navratri 2023 celebrations have turned into mourning for some families in the state of Gujarat as there are reports of many hearts being broken during the playing of Garba. Garba, a traditional Gujarati dance, is one of the main features of the Navratri festival to watch out for, especially in the state of Gujarat. 

According to a report by India Today, at least 10 people, including a 13-year-old, died of reported heart attacks in the state within 24 hours while playing Garba. Of the ten killed, a 13-year-old child was from  Dabhoi, Baroda, while the rest were teenagers and middle-aged adults. 

According to the report, on Friday i.e. on October 20, a 24-year-old Garba player from Ahmedabad collapsed and died after fainting. Earlier, a 17-year-old boy died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing Garba in Kapadvanj Kheda area. 

Talking about the other victims, a 28-year-old resident of Ahmedabad, identified as Ravi Panchal, fell and died while playing Garba  on Friday night, while another incident of 55-year-old Shankar was reported from Vadodara, according to News18. a report Rana collapsed while playing Garba. 

Sharing the details of the incident, MD Aayush Patel told ANI that andquot; A 17-year-old boy, Veer Shah, was playing Garba at the Garba ground in Kapadvanj when he complained of dizziness and became unresponsive. A group of volunteers at the site immediately received him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We monitored his vital signs but could not find a pulse. There were no  signs of reaction or breathing. He received three rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We took him to the hospital by ambulance. However, he was declared dead at the hospital.andquot; 

The report also said that in the first six days of Navratri, there were 609 calls for breathlessness and 521 calls for heart problems from 108 emergency rooms. The report further noted that the calls were recorded between 6pm and 2am, when  Garba celebrations often take place. According to the report, the Gujarat government has issued an alert to all public hospitals and community health centres (CHCs) near Garba venues, asking them to be on high alert. 

Even before the festival, the Gujarat government  said that the “Garbaand#039; The city events sent an ambulance and a medical team to ensure that the  participants could get immediate help in case of health problems, news agency PTI  reported. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare  issued a circular that did not mention  punitive measures for non-compliance, but according to the minister, the organizers will only receive permission  after they have confirmed compliance with the requirements. 

The Ahmedabad chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA)  also said that people above the age of 40 with a family history of heart disease should undergo a medical check-up before participating in the garat dance. The association  issued instructions to participants and organizers of garba events in connection with the increase in heart attack cases.

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