An emergency medical team from Israel on Tuesday began providing services in this northeastern Japan town hit by tsunami caused by a huge earthquake on March 11.
It is the first foreign medical unit that Japan has accepted since the catastrophic disaster struck the Tohoku northeastern region.
Following the disaster, Japan’s health ministry eased regulations, allowing foreign doctors without Japanese licenses to offer medical treatments in affected areas.
The Israeli team, which includes 14 doctors and seven nurses, set up a medical center at a gymnasium in the town, currently being used as an evacuation center, the same day. They also plan to visit patients elsewhere in the town.
The unit offers internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and some other services. X-rays are also possible.