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 Friday, April 1, 2011 UN OCHA Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Sitrep #16

Tohoku University reports that cases of pneumonia among the elderly living in evacuation centres in Miyagi are increasing. During 20 to 26 March, the University received 40 referrals from two local hospitals, a level 10 times above the average. Amidst such fears of rising prevalence of infectious diseases and flu among the evacuees, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that 142 medical teams of 640 professionals from across the country are currently responding mainly in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. In addition, more than 630 pharmacists, 250 nurses, 110 public health officers, nutritionists, dentists and other medical professionals have been deployed to evacuation centres and hospitals. 20 teams of 95 professionals are also catering to psychosocial needs and 280 care-givers are attending to people with disabilities and people who require nursing. About 8,000 additional care-givers are on standby. About 400 child welfare specialists are also on standby and 17 have been deployed to Iwate so far.

Hospitals providing emergency response services in the three most affected prefectures are gradually building back capacity. Of the 33 major hospitals in these prefectures, 26 are now accepting both inpatients and outpatients. Media reports that sufficient medical supplies are now reaching key hospitals. The challenge is the onward distribution to a  Network of local hospitals and clinics, which is being hampered by lack of


In the meantime, the nationwide mobilization of medical assistance continues. In the non-affected prefectures, there are more than 390 public hospitals with about 3,400 available beds. Social welfare facilities have identified accommodation facilities for at least 35,000 elderly, 8,700 people with disabilities, 7,100 children and 900 people with other protection needs. So far, 690 people have moved into these facilities. One of the major health concerns is the continuity of treatment for patients with serious illnesses and chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Medical institutions in non-affected prefectures are now publicizing services available for these patients on their websites.

346 domestic Emergency Response Units and medical teams of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS)have completed their mission, 27 remain in the three most affected prefectures and 117 are on standby.

JRCS has also handed out more than 125,500 blankets, 26,100 emergency kits (including radios, flashlights and other supplies), 11,000 sleeping kits (including pillows, camping mats, ear plugs, etc.) and clothing to families in evacuation centres.

Updated March 14, 2011

Status and medical consultations for the Sendai prefecture (now 21:00, 14 March) (Via Google Translate) (Source)

The medical status of the prefecture are getting current information. The priority must be severe patients. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation of everybody. Hospitals and one that can be visited in the city of Sendai

Sendai Kosei Hospital (Emergency Priority / Cardiology (Heart of Respiratory Digestive) as usual clinic hours only)
JR Sendai Hospital (as usual. However, Inkou department, gynecology Closed)
Red Cross medical tent before Miyagi Prefecture (24 hours) southern prefecture located to the right front door
Ku, Sendai Open Hospital, Sendai Miyagino  (Closed Outpatient / reception only to those who prescribe drugs on a regular basis)
Self-Defense Force Sendai Hospital (only mild / Dental Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery / 24)
Hospital – Nakajima (only mild / Department of Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (non X-ray inspection / 9:00 to 18:00)
Miyagi National Hospital 野分 – Public Economics northeastern Japan (only family general patients)
-Sendai Medical Center (Emergency Priority) regular outpatient care is not performed.
Wakabayashi-ku Sendai City, Sendai City Hospital (except pregnant women priority reservations canceled critically ill patients, psychiatric drugs, hours 9:00 to 15:00 except for emergency)  For details, City Hospital website please.
Kita Azuma · NTT East Japan Hospital (up to medium / Closed Pediatric Dermatology)
Emergency Center (Pediatric Surgery Department / 19:15 to 23:00)
Sendai Taihaku (only mild / neurosurgery neurosurgery / book return 8:30 to 17:00, not yet accepting new patients)
Nagamachi hospital (only mild / Pediatric Surgery, Internal Medicine / 9:00 to 17:00)
Sendai Red Cross Hospital (mild, moderate) 243-1111,  248-2131 – 248-2131
Nagamachi hospital (only mild) 746-5161 
Izumi-ku Sendai City Hospital, Sendai Tokushukai  (only mild / Cardiovascular Center, Sendai 24 (only mild / Department of Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology / 9:00 to 16:30)
The Tohoku University Hospital Emergency 717-7000  To give priority to immediate general outpatient Tohoku University, Aoba-ku Sendai Hospital. (Priority severe emergency / outpatient usual (including return) is closed on the time being.  medium priority to emergency patients / hour clinics are as usual. Economics – Public hospital northeastern Japan (Priority Emergency / medication for pregnant women only)
National Hospital Organization Sendai Medical Center 293-1111
Katta General Hospital Public  (Shiroishi) 0224-25-2145
South Miyagi core hospital  (town Oogawara) 0224-51-5500
Serious injuries to prevail, in the meantime from the 14th, closed on the general outpatient
Katta General Hospital Public  (Shiroishi) 0224-25-2145 
Shiogama City Hospital  (City Shiogama) 364-5521
  1. March 14, 2011 at 2:47 am

    MINAMI-SANRIKU Miyagi Prefecture 1,000 people at a local sports center that has been set up as an emergency center. (source:

  2. Christoph Dennenmoser
  3. March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

    A specialist medical team at the Nagasaki Red Cross hospital is on standby, ready to receive patients if people become ill as a result of radiation poisoning. Other hospitals in the area are monitoring radiation levels to protect the patients they are currently treating

  4. March 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    IWAKI – Hospital
    On Monday, about 100 patients were moved out of a hospital and into a temporary shelter at a high school gymnasium in Iwaki, said Chuei Inamura, a government official in Fukushima, the prefecture north of Tokyo that is home to a nuclear plant where authorities are struggling to stem radiation leaks from overheating reactors.

    Two died in transit and another 12 while at the gym. Plans to transfer them to other hospitals were delayed by a shortage of vehicles and fuel and the fact that nearby hospitals were already full. By Thursday morning, the remaining patients had all been moved to other hospitals.

    “We feel very helpless and very sorry for them,” Inamura said. “The condition at the gymnasium was horrible. No running water, no medicine and very, very little food. We simply did not have means to provide good care.”

    Doctors Without Borders, the international assistance group, has seen cases of hypothermia, serious dehydration and respiratory diseases in some of the shelters, said Eric Ouannes, general director of the group’s Japan affiliate.

    “The consequence of the earthquake, but more the tsunami, has caused the loss of their prescriptions,” he said. “Some don’t remember what they were taking, how much, and what was the exact prescription. So that makes things a little more complicated.”

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