IDF in Japan 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
The IDF medical delegation to Japan will begin admitting patients on Tuesday
morning after it completes construction of a field hospital near Minamisanriku,
a village devastated by the tsunami that hit the country earlier this
Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben- Aryeh, commander of the 53- member
delegation – which consists of officers from the Home Front Command and the
IDF’s Medical Corps – said the medical clinic would include surgical, pediatrics
and maternity wards, as well as a intensive care unit, pharmacy and
Seven Hebrew-speaking Japanese nationals joined the
delegation on Monday to provide translation services and volunteer as liaisons
with the local population.
The delegation met with local Japanese
journalists on Monday and asked them to report on the establishment of the new
clinic so it will attract as many patients as possible.
arrived on Sunday with 62 tons of medical supplies.
Radiation levels in
the area where the IDF aid delegation has deployed are being tracked by experts
from the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission and IDF Medical Corps.
scenes here are worse than in an earthquake,” Ben- Aryeh said in an interview
from Japan. “It looks like after a meteor strike or a nuclear explosion.
Everything from mud, water, wood, trees, cars, trucks and debris are all mixed
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