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AMDA Emergency Response #20 – West Japan Torrential Rain

Publication date:2018-07-28
 
July 27th, 2018
 
Three weeks have passed since the disaster. AMDA continues to provide medical and health-related support for the victims of this calamity at Okada Elementary School, Sunwork Soja, and at Mabi Community House Sono Branch. We also dispatched medical personnel to Mabi Memorial Hospital where a mobile medical vehicle is temporarily being used.

In addition, Japan is expecting a large-scale typhoon this weekend. AMDA is closely monitoring how it takes its course while we continue our support activities.

Being part of AMDA’s Platform for the Great Nankai Trough Disaster*, municipalities and organizations such as Kuroshio Town in Kochi Prefecture, Kaiyo Town in Tokushima Prefecture, Seto Kenshin Clinic (Kagawa), and Sakura Clinic (Tokushima Prefecture) have been rendering support.
(*AMDA’s Platform for the Great Nankai Trough Disaster is a disaster-response platform in preparation for the expected Nankai Trough Disaster which is said to hit Japan in the near future.)
Also, two students from Okayama Prefectural University have been volunteering with AMDA every day since the 24th.

A health worker from Kuroshio Town in Kochi said, “This is a very important experience to take part in an emergency relief activity. I had thought that we’d be the ones to be rescued in the future Great Nankai Trough Disaster, but for this calamity, we are helping the victims. I’ll willingly participate in coordination training related to the emergency relief activities.” One of the students from Okayama Prefectural University recalled talking to one of the evacuees. “An elderly evacuee is having a difficult time living on the second floor of the evacuation center, though he has long stopped climbing the stairs at home. As it will be a long battle for many of the evacuees before going home, we need to consider how their daily living styles were and rearrange the current temporary living environment at the shelter.

Activity Report for July 26th
-Acupuncture and footbath (Okada Elementary School):

20 people received acupuncture treatments. 7 out of the 20 were first timers. The major symptoms among them were shoulder, back and neck pain. The treatments have been well received and some people have been coming back for repeat sessions.

Young evacuees are starting to show physical fatigue. On this day (27th), 4 teenagers including a junior high school student received acupuncture treatments.

While most of their pain originates from the labor work of cleaning their homes and debris, some have been showing signs of emotional disorder coming from the anxiety and fear for their future. After receiving treatments, however, many expressed they feel more relaxed, and others say they enjoy coming to converse with other people in the AMDA Care Room.

AMDA has also been providing foot baths in the walkway just outside the Care Room. There, 14 people received footbaths and 12 people received massage treatments.


-Health-related assistance (Sunwork Soja):

On July 26th, AMDA’s Disaster Acupuncture team started offering treatments at Sunwork Soja. As of 27th July, 38 people from 18 households live in this evacuation shelter. We take appointments between 10 am and noon. On the first day, one evacuee received the treatment.

An AMDA health worker and a coordinator helped support health professionals from the local government. Hygiene products donated by an AMDA supporter were distributed. We also provide health checkups and advice, encouraging them to participate in the daily exercise routine to keep them active.
    •  GPSP Multi-National Medical Mission (Peace Building)
    •  Japan
    •  2018

 
 
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