Mongolian doctor starts training in Hiroshima with tour of Peace Memorial Museum

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

On July 13, Byambasuren Dagvajantsan, 43, head of the outpatient clinic at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, now in Hiroshima at the invitation of the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), began her training with a tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. HICARE is an organization formed by Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and other entities.

In her two-hour tour of the museum, Dr. Dagvajantsan studied such exhibits as a charred lunch box and panels on radiation sickness. She commented that she would like to learn in depth about the treatment provided to A-bomb survivors as well as the peace activities that Hiroshima pursues based on the city's experience of the bombing, two areas in which Hiroshima serves as a global leader.

According to Dr. Dagvajantsan, Mongolia is rich in sources of uranium, a fact likely to increase the chance of exposure to radiation. To deal with such cases, the learning offered to her in Hiroshima will be of benefit. Dr. Dagvajantsan will stay in Hiroshima until August 9 and spend time at Hiroshima University Hospital and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), among other locations. Prior to her tour of Peace Memorial Museum, Dr. Dagvajantsan visited such places as Hiroshima City Hall and the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association.

(Originally published on July 14, 2010)