Additional IDF Delegation Headed to Haiti Tonight, 18 January 2010

January 18th

Additional IDF Delegation Headed by the OC Home Front Command Scheduled to Depart to Haiti Tonight

In order to assist in the ongoing relief efforts, an additional IDF aid delegation is scheduled to depart to Haiti overnight. The delegation will be headed by the OC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and will also include the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eytan Chai-Am and Surgeon General, Brig. Gen., Nachman Ash.

The delegation will deliver relief reinforcements that include medicine and additional equipment. Upon its arrival, the delegation will examine the needs of the IDF medical staff on the scene.

The field hospital established by the IDF is one of the most advanced and includes a medical lab, pharmacy and an x-ray center. Approximately 200 patients were admitted to the hospital thus far, most of them in moderate condition. Furthermore, 25 life-saving surgeries and three births, one of which was the delivery of a 1.8 Kilogram premature baby, were carried out.

During the day, nine American volunteers from Los Angeles joined the Israeli delegation in the field hospital in addition to the ongoing cooperation with UN forces and other search and rescue units present in the disaster zone.

Two rescue crews led by the commanders of the Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit are also operating in the disaster stricken area in effective cooperation with the local residents

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