‘Knowledge is the best prevention for altitude illnesses’

President of India conferred Dr Anita Bhardwaj, the Medical Director at Six Sigma High Altitude Medical Rescue Services, Haryana by ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017’ - the highest civilian award to women, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. This award is organised by the Ministry of women’s and child Development, Government of India. She is the only lady who is providing free high altitude medical services. She is trained in high altitude by Indian Army, Air force, ITBP, BSF and NDRF too. Here, she shares her success story with My Medical Mantra

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  • Six Sigma Healthcare provides free high altitude medical services to all needy people on high altitudes – ‘Any Height – Anywhere – Anytime- Any whether and Any Hill’
  • Saved 5600 Victims on High Altitudes.
  • Team of 88 Doctors/ Para-Medicals/ Social workers.
  • Treated 53,889 victims on high altitudes.
  • First to develop mobile application to find real time location of victims on high altitudes.
  • It’s Free without any Donations up to the height of 24,500 feet at Mount Everest
  • Provided medical services during Kailash Manasarovar, Amarnath and Mani Mahesh yatra.
  • During disasters, floods and earthquake.
  • Equipment’s: special goggles, waterproof jackets, hand gloves, ice axes, ropes, fire chargers, portable oxygen, water-proof tents and so on.

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Dr Anita Bhardwaj, the Medical Director at Six Sigma High Altitude Medical Rescue Services and the recipient of Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017’ said, “I feel great and proud. It’s a token of my hard work on high altitude.”


Dr Anita Bhardwaj, the Medical Director at Six Sigma High Altitude Medical Rescue Services

As per Dr Anita who is supervising and conducting medical rescue operations since the year 2009 underlined, the major challenge was lack of training in mountain medicines, lack of knowledge in high altitude. “Millions of people travel to high-altitude every year for recreation or work. 20% of those traveling to altitudes below 5500 m/18,000 ft are affected by some form of altitude illness. This number rises to 50% above 18,000 ft.”

She added, “While most cases of altitude illness are mild and self-limiting, some cases can become life threatening. If you are planning a trip to altitudes above 1500 m/5000ft, then knowledge is the best prevention for altitude illness.”

Dr Anita who is a recipient of National eGovernance Award 2017, Govt of India, Kalpana Chawla Shaurya Award 2016 by Haryana Govt and  Women’s Achievement award by Delhi Government is inspired by her husband Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj, CEO- Six Sigma Healthcare.

Dr Pradeep congratulated Dr Anita on this big achievement and said, she presented a live example of society leadership, Medical Management distinguished work and selfless services to the nation. He also highlighted the lack of training in mountain medicines. “In India, 11 states are located on high altitude. There is a lack of training in mountain medicines in India. So, some measures should be taken regarding the same.”

Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj, CEO- Six Sigma Healthcare
Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj, CEO- Six Sigma Healthcare