The annual Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage will kick off soon at 10 p.m. this Sunday. It will last for 9 days and 8 nights, and the accompanying crowd is expected to pass through 4 counties and more than 20 cities and townships, which makes it a physically challenging task, making proper preparations, a must.
The annual Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage is about to kick off this year. Many pilgrims tend to arrive at the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple in Taichung City to light up incense ahead of time. The walk along the Matsu statue will last for 9 days and 8 nights, which takes a heavy physical toll on many of the pilgrims. Those who walk a lot often end up with blisters on the bottom of their feet, and they sometimes also suffer from colds due to the unstable weather.
Many pilgrims end up with blisters on the bottom of their feet. They sometimes also suffer from cold, gastroenteritis, and lose bowel movements. In case anyone suffers any burns, please treat with the following 5 steps: wash the burn area with water, remove clothing, immerse the wound briefly in water to cool it down, cover the wound with ointment, and see a doctor. In case the burned surface area is bigger than three times of the person's palm, he or she should see a doctor as soon as possible.
According to statistics from medical staff members who followed the Pilgrimage in past year, these most frequent injuries suffered by pilgrims during the tour include gastroenteritis, fall injuries, burns from fire crackers, heat exhaustion and fainting from being in a packed crowd. Many pilgrims have prepared light luggage and asked doctors to prescribe medications ahead of time for preventative purposes.
I've prepared (medicines for stomach pain and anti-inflammatory drugs). Free food is provided during the pilgrimage. Maybe people have eaten too much, or haven't eaten enough, many suffer from digestion issues during the tour.
The doctors have reminded the public that if they suffer from a burn during the offering of incense, they must keep in mind of the five-step procedure. The doctor said people should also not overlook blisters, and that they should seek help immediately if their blisters do not heal or if pus begins to come out of the wound. Those with chronic diseases also need to carry their medications with them to make sure they can complete the pilgrimage safely and in good health.