Team of Hiroshima doctors to offer medical consultations in North and South America earnestly talks with governor

by Satoshi Hirata, Staff Writer

On October 25, a team of doctors dispatched by Hiroshima Prefecture to offer medical consultations for A-bomb survivors living in three countries in North and South America met with Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki at the prefectural government office. Makoto Matsumura, head of the team and chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, said earnestly, “We would like to consult with those who are ageing and suffering in a country far away from their homeland.”

Four people including Mr. Matsumura will visit Sao Paulo, Brazil, Los Angeles, in the United States, and Vancouver, Canada from October 29 through November 12, respectively, to give health advice to A-bomb survivors. About 70 people will seek advice during this program. A total of five officials from the Hiroshima prefectural government and the municipal governments of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will also accompany the team to introduce the A-bomb survivor support system.

Medical consultations for A-bomb survivors living abroad were held alternately in South America and North America every year but were suspended in North America in fiscal 2019 due to the spread of new coronavirus. This year’s program will be held in three countries in light of the ageing of A-bomb survivors and their requests.

(Originally published on October 26, 2022)