IDF field hospital Philippines 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman’s Office)
OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eizenberg arrived in the Philippines on
Monday evening, together with Chief Medical Officer Brig.-Gen. Itzik
The two visited the IDF field hospital set up in Bogo City that
has treated 1,214 Filipinos, including 358 children, and performed 27
“We’re not only a fighting army, but also one with a long
history of saving lives around the world,” Kreis said during a ceremony on
Tuesday. The Israeli ambassador and the mayor of Bogo City were also in
Eizenberg later inaugurated a drinking water facility that
the IDF set up for local residents, as well as a school that the typhoon badly
damaged and Home Front Command soldiers repaired on Tuesday. The hospital
treated 254 injured locals, including 61 children, and nine operations were
conducted by army doctors.
The IDF sent a 148-person delegation to the
storm-stricken country in order to provide search, rescue and medical services
in response to super typhoon Haiyan, that killed thousands of people and has
left the island nation in a deep humanitarian crisis.
The field hospital
is able to treat 500 people at a time, according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office.
It includes an X-ray room, a children’s ward, an ambulatory care department and
IDF doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, mental
health professionals, X ray technicians and lab workers are all on
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Col. Ramtin Sabati, who commands the National Rescue Unit, heads
the mission. Col. Dr. Dudu Dagan, deputy chief medical corps officer, commands
Last Friday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke with his
Filipino counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, saying that it was Israel’s “moral
obligation” to help the Philippines in the wake of the natural
“Our two nations share a trusting relationship, and in these
moments we see it in action,” Ya’alon said to Gazmin.
The hospital was
visited on Saturday morning by the Filipino head of the regional district, who
thanked the members of the IDF delegation and toured the facility.
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