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Ten Individuals Succumb To Heart Attacks Following A ‘Garba’ Dance Event In India

Reports indicate that ten individuals in the western Indian state of Gujarat have tragically passed away due to heart attacks following the “Garba” dance, which is a significant part of the ongoing Navratri Hindu festival.
Garba is a dance form rooted in the veneration and celebration of the divine feminine form. Its name, “garba,” derives from the Sanskrit term “garbha,” signifying “womb.”
The deceased encompassed a range of ages, from teenagers to middle-aged individuals, with the youngest being a 13-year-old from Dabhoi in the Vadodara district.
According to sources, over 500 emergency calls were made within a 24-hour span after the dance event.
In response, the government has issued an alert, urging event organizers to take all necessary precautions, including ensuring the availability of ambulances to swiftly transport individuals to hospitals if they feel unwell.
The traditional Gujarati Garba dance holds significant cultural importance during the nine-night Navratri festival, which commenced on October 15 and is particularly prevalent in Gujarat.
The local government in Gujarat has issued an alert to public hospitals and community health centers situated near Garba venues, instructing them to be extra vigilant.
In light of these incidents, medical professionals have advised participants to avoid extended periods of Garba dancing without taking necessary breaks.
Event organizers have also been directed to have automated external defibrillators on hand, as they can prove vital in emergencies. Additionally, individuals trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are encouraged to be present at the event venues.


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