HICARE to send four doctors to U.S. and hold workshops in three cities

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed (HICARE), an effort of Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima and other entities, will dispatch four doctors experienced in the medical care of atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), including Shizuteru Usui, president of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, to the United States from December 2 to 9. They plan to hold workshops there for medical experts.

The four doctors, accompanied by two HICARE staff members, will include: Dr. Usui, Hiroo Dohi, president of the Hiroshima Red Cross and Atomic Bomb Survivors Hospital, Kazunori Kodama, chief scientist at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, and Makoto Matsumura, executive director of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association.

The group will hold workshops in three cities where A-bomb survivors reside: Seattle, San Francisco, and Torrance, California. They will provide presentations on a survey analyzing the aftereffects of the atomic bombings and the latest medical care for hibakusha. A total of about 300 doctors and nurses in these cities are expected to join the workshops.

In addition, the group will appeal to local doctors who have received training in Hiroshima under the auspices of HICARE and exchange ideas about medical care for hibakusha that will meet their needs.

HICARE has accepted medical experts from overseas at hospitals in Hiroshima and provided training for them since 1991. This is the second time medical experts involved in HICARE are going abroad to hold workshops, following their first attempt in Brazil in 2007.

(Originally published on November 12, 2009)

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