A delegation of nine senior medical personnel from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center left for the earthquake zone in Katmandu, Nepal on Monday morning, April 27th. The delegation is part of the IDF Medical Mission dispatched in the wake of the humanitarian disaster which struck the region on Saturday, April 25th.

This is the latest in a series of medical missions in which Shaare Zedek doctors and nurses have been asked to participate, including in the wake of disasters in Haiti, Japan and the Philippines.

The Medical Director of the Field Hospital will be Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director General at Shaare Zedek and an expert in Trauma Medicine.  Dr. Merin is a veteran of IDF medical relief operations, having supervised field hospitals in all the recent overseas disasters as well as the IDF Field Hospital which was established on Israel’s northern border for the treatment of victims of the Syrian civil war.

Shaare Zedek Director-General Professor Jonathan Halevy was invited to join the mission and will be charged with directing the Internal Medicine Wing within the IDF Field Hospital.  He will supervise a staff of 11 Israeli doctors, a team of nurses and support personnel.  The plan is to establish the Field Hospital immediately adjacent to an existing medical facility in Katmandu which suffered extensive damage in the quake.   Significant effort will be placed on disease-control methods with the understanding that disaster zones often fall victim to the spread of epidemics.  In that regard, Professor Halevy will be working in close tandem with Dr. Tamar Lachish, Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Shaare Zedek.

“In the many decades that I have been privileged to serve as a physician as well as an IDF officer, I can honestly say that I have never felt this degree of anticipation as for what awaits us in Nepal,” said Professor Halevy as he awaited the team’s departure from Ben Gurion Airport.  “While I know it will be a challenging professional and personal experience, we hope it will bring significant relief to those in need and offer a sense of pride for the important role that the IDF and the State of Israel can offer others in this time of need.”

These are the Shaare Zedek personnel who are serving on the IDF mission to Nepal:

•             Prof. Jonathan Halevy- Director General, Expert in Internal Medicine

•             Dr. Ofer Merin – Deputy Director General and Director of Trauma Services,

•             Dr. Tamar Lachish  – Director of Infectious Diseases Unit

•             Dr. Sefi Mendelowitz – Department of Pediatrics

•             Dr. Avi Alpert – Department of Emergency Medicine

•             Prof. Amos Peyser – Director, Department of Orthopedics

•             Dr. Giora Weiser – Pediatric Emergency Department

•             Dr. Harel Arzi – Spine Unit

•             Deganit Kovliner – Nurse, Department of Emergency Medicine

We are proud of our Shaare Zedek medical personnel and wish them success in their lifesaving humanitaran work and a safe return home when their work is done.

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