IDF Opens Field Hospital in Japan

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A 52-member Israel Defense Forces medical team that arrived in Japan on Sunday finished constructing a field hospital near the Japanese village of Minamisanriku Tuesday morning.

Following a 14-hour flight and eight-hour bus ride, the delegation held its first operational briefing with Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, head of the Home Front Command, and Brig. Gen. Nachman Ash, head of the Medical Corps.

The field hospital, stocked with 62 tons of medical supplies, includes surgical, obstetrics and pediatrics wards, an intensive care unit, and X-ray,  laboratory and pharmaceutical facilities. 

Click here for a short YouTube video of the team's arrival.

On Monday, seven Hebrew-speaking Japanese nationals joined the delegation to provide translation and liaison with the local population.

Team members met with community leaders  Tuesday, following an initial meeting Monday with representatives of local medical facilities.

Members of the IDF delegation and the Atomic Energy Commission are monitoring radiation levels in the area to ensure that patients and medical staff at the field hospital are not in harm's way.

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