As we were invited for dinner in the home stay at Demul, three super tired members of the family were already asleep in the kitchen. The old lady has a respiratory disease and she is afraid to visit the doctor. When I explained the symptoms to my friend who is a doctor at Kaza Hospital, he suspected Tuberculosis. The child also had a throat infection. The lady in the other home stay next door also has a respiratory problem.

A family sleeping at their home in Demul village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

A family sleeping at their home in Demul village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Respiratory diseases are very common in Spiti. The low oxygen due to the altitude and dust are the main causes. The government hospital of Spiti is under equipped. Though the government has announced an up-gradation of the Kaza civil hospital this year.

The hospital is always short of medicines and equipment. If the reader wants to donate to the hospital, they can bring the required stuff along with them while planning a trip to Spiti.

I’ll revisit Spiti and prepare a list of things required very soon.

You can also get in touch with Sakya Abode, a local hospitality group who started the initiative of ‘Tourism with a cause’ where you travel to Spiti, bring necessary things you want to donate and give them directly where they are required without the involvement of any organisation.

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