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Israel: Passover Concert to Honour Hatzalah Medics and Volunteers


United Hatzalah will hold their 10th anniversary concert over the Passover holiday featuring the-name Jewish singers. The emergency medical response based in Israel will honour Leonardo Farkas, a philanthropist from Chile as well as their over 2,000 volunteers.  The concert will feature two of the most well-known cantors in the world, Netanel Hershtik and Yitzchak Meir Helfgot as well as young-up -and-coming Israeli cantor Shlomo Glick who is also a Hatzalah first-response volunteer.
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Israel: Hadassah Hospitals to Run on Emergency Schedule


If there is no significant progress in negotiations beginning on April 30 Wednesday afternoon over the Hadassah Medical Organization financial crisis, its two Jerusalem hospitals will function on a highly reduced emergency schedule starting on May 01 Thursday at 10 a.m., the Histadrut announced. General Labor Federation deputy secretary-general Avi Nissenkorn said on April 30 Wednesday that the workers have shown endless patience and behaved with responsibility.  “But the way the Finance and Health Ministries are conducting themselves in the talks will lead to HMO being dismantled. We will not agree,” he stressed. “Th
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Israel: Israeli Underground Hospital to Open for Emergency


Jerusalem: The 2,000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital is the largest of its kind in the world, designed to protect the patients of northern Israel in times of war.The underground hospital, attached to Rambam Health Care Campus, will operate as a 3-level parking lot for 1,500 vehicles in peace time. In an emergency, it can be converted into a hospital within 72 hours, fortified against conventional and non-conventional weapons, and sustain itself for 72 hours without support from outside. During a drill before the facility opens, staff members practice operating ventilation and electrical systems, deployment of necessar
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Israel: IDF Paramedic Honoured for Saving Syrians' Lives


The paramedic, St-Sgt Noga Erez, was given the President’s Award for Excellence by President Shimon Peres at an event held in honour of outstanding soldiers on May 06 Tuesday, Israel’s 66th Independence Day. In a video produced by the IDF for the occasion, Erez, an amateur seamstress when off-duty and a medical worker responsible for saving lives when on base, can be seen telling her story, and that of the wounded Syrians she treated at the hospital. “His name was Tariq. He was 25 years old, and they shot him in both legs,” she said of one of her patients, with whom she developed a tentative friendship. “He cam
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Israel: Health Ministry not Ready for Big Emergencies, Says Report


More than 7 years after the Second Lebanon War and 22 years after the IDF Home Front Command was established, there is still no comprehensive law that sets down the responsibilities of the various authorities involved in dealing with emergencies, according to a section of the State Comptroller Report on the Health Ministry. During major emergencies, whether natural or man-made, large numbers of people could be expected to move to unaffected parts of the country or to seek help, but no serious plans were made to cope with this possibility, he continued. The responsibilities of the 4 public health funds in an emergency have not been
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