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2012 April Tohoku Trip

A veiw from a hotel window in Ofunato, Iwate. 

Temporary shopping site, convenient for consutruction workers and NGO/NPO staff/volunteers, inconvenient for the locals without cars.

Raising ground level to rebuild warehouses for the aquaculture industry. 

At the office of Habitat for Humanity Japan. 

The very first seaweed harvest since last March.

Fishermen heading out to the ocean for the first time in a year. 

Debris can be seen pilled up everywhere in Iwate and Miyagi, due to lack of municipal governments outside Tohoku agreeing to accept and dispose tsunami waste.

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Doctor Deployment to Soma City, Fukushima, Japan

Cross-posted with permission from the Harvard for Japan blog, Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative.

Report of Doctor Deployment to Soma city

Four doctors, Drs Izumo, Watada, Makinodan and Ashitate, from Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative (BJMRI) left for Soma city in Fukushima prefecture to provide medical supports to evacuees from coastal areas engulfed by tsunami on March 11th.

Overview of Soma City

Soma and Minami Soma are coastal cities of Fukushima prefecture and approximately 10-30 miles north of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant where the nuclear accident followed the tsunami disaster. The cities cannot manage to provide a basic life to the evacuees from tsunami-affected areas and neighborhood of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Many evacuees remained staying in shelters, where medical cares are far below the optimal.

Brief Medical Report

Medical Support Group in Soma City:

  • 9 shelters were founded in Soma city. Medical cares were provided collaboratively by All Japan Hospital Association (AJHA) team, Ishikawa prefecture Japan Medical Association Team (JMAT), Shizuoka Prefecture JMAT, and medical support team from Tokyo Medical University
  • BJMRI doctors joined the Soma city medical support group as a member of AJHA.  Dr Izumo temporarily directed the medical supports in Soma city as the representative of AJHA.
  • Dr. Makinodan joined “Kokoro no Kea (Care of Mind)” team which is organized by Fukushima Medical University, composed of psychiatrists all over Japan.

Kyu Soma Joshi School Shelter:

  • BIJMRI doctors visited Kyu-Soma Jyoshi School shelter where 541 evacuees stayed.
  • 95% of them evacuated from Minami Soma City, where is 15-mile south from Soma city.
  • The medical team consisted of 3 medical doctors, 6 nurses, 1 pharmacist, 1 physical therapist and 3 office staff.
  • Before BJMRI group arrived, only 1 doctor had been available there.
  • Meals provided were sufficient, but not controlled nutritionally. To improve the issue, the medical team has included a dietician since April12th.
  • The evacuees tended to be physically inactive.  The shelter offers the gymnastic program twice a day.
  • Disease conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis, appeared deteriorated.  The doctors actively screened the evacuees to identify asymptomatic cases.
  • After BJMRI doctors left, on April 18th, Kyu Soma Joshi School Shelter was closed down because it had been appointed as a damaged building after the series of earthquakes.

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Reader Comments (1)

It is good to know that people took part in helping Japan get over their devastation. Its always good to see people lending a hand to those that are in need.

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