40 medical staff from 12 countries visit Hiroshima, learn about medical care provided to A-bomb survivors

by Luan Xiaoyu, Staff Writer

Training for doctors and medical personnel from a range of countries, to learn about radiation accidents and disaster response, began on February 19 at Hiroshima University’s Kasumi Campus in Minami Ward, Hiroshima. The training, which is co-organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), will continue until February 21 and involves approximately 40 medical staff from 12 countries including Malaysia, South Korea, and the United States. HICARE is an organization established by the City of Hiroshima and Hiroshima Prefecture, among other entities.

At the opening ceremony, HICARE president Keiichi Hiramatsu said, “Making good use of the great accumulation of research data on the medical care of A-bomb survivors, we would like to contribute to training medical personnel from all over the world.”

Madina Madiyeva, 48, a doctor from Semey (former Semipalatinsk), Kazakhstan, where the former Soviet Union located its largest nuclear test site, said that there are many people in her country who are suffering from the effects of radiation from the nuclear tests that had been conducted there for many years and expressed strong hope that she can gain helpful knowledge and techniques from the training in Hiroshima.

On February 19, the participants learned about the lessons that have come from the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear power plant and the criticality accident at Tokaimura in Ibaraki Prefecture. During the training course, they will receive training on how to provide emergency medical care for patients exposed to radiation. They will also visit the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, in Minami Ward, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, in Naka Ward.

(Originally published on February 20, 2018)