Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association says 129 A-bomb survivors presented themselves for health consultation meetings in North America

Doctors of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, located in Higashi Ward, Hiroshima, recently provided health advice to A-bomb survivors living in North America, and returned to hold a press conference at the Hiroshima Prefectural Office. The doctors visited five cities in North America from October 24 to November 13, and consulted with 129 people between the ages of 73 and 98.

Shuzo Toyota, head of the delegation and deputy chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, said many of the patients are undergoing treatment for heart disease or high blood pressure concerns, and that these A-bomb survivors were so delighted when the doctors spoke in Hiroshima dialect. He also reported the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association received a certificate of appreciation from California State’s San Francisco City Assembly. Mr. Toyota added, “We hope to continue these activities, seeking cooperation from local doctors and citizens as well.”

Hiroshima Prefecture sent seven doctors to North America for the health consultation meetings, as part of the national government’s efforts to support A-bomb survivors abroad. The press conference was held on November 29, and attended by Masao Kuwabara, deputy head of the delegation and deputy chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, as well as others.

The first time a series of health consultation meetings for A-bomb survivors in North America was held was in 1977. Since then, such health consultations have been held in North America every other year. It is said that more and more A-bomb survivors have given up participating in the meetings due to their advanced age. The number of the participants this year is 190 less than participants in the health consultation meetings in 2013.

(Originally published on December 5, 2019)