"We did everything we could to make them feel calm and safe": *The 11 Israeli travelers who were staying on the cruise ship off the coast of Japan landed safely in Israel, and were evacuated by MDA teams to Tel Hashomer*
The eleven Israeli travelers who have spent the last two weeks quarantined on the cruise ship off the coast of Japan, fearing that they would be infected by the Corona virus, landed a short while ago at Ben Gurion Airport. Upon landing, they were greeted with a big smiles, from Magen David Adom paramedics, who evacuated them on a MDA bus to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.
MDA paramedics were protected with a special suit, mask, hat, and special glasses, according to the protocol used in cases where there is a risk of infection.
*One of the paramedics who greeted the travelers upon landing in Israel, is Itzik Peer (42) from Ashdod:* "When they asked me to take part in the evacuation of the Israelis who were on the cruise ship off the coast of Japan, I had no doubt in my mind that it is exactly what I would do," *Itzik said* "As emergency personnel in Magen David Adom, it is important to us to help all those in need, and we are sure to protect ourselves as well when we are on duty."
*Rami Meushar (35) from Lod, paramedic in MDA and volunteer since the age of 15, also took part in evacuating the Israeli's who arrived from the cruise ship off the coast of Japan* "It's a great honor, as a paramedic in the national rescue orginization of Israel, to take park in the national effort to prevent the spread of Corona in Israel." *Said Rami*, "To greet the Israelis as they finally landed back in Israel, after being held in isolation on the cruise ship, was very exciting. It was important to us to act courtious, and we took all measures to make sure that they felt calm and safe.
*MDA Medical Director, Rami Miller:* "The Magen David Adom teams are prepared throughout the year, and work skillfully and professionally wherever they are required to provide medical care and evacuation of patients suspected of carrying infectious diseases. Therefore, the issue of protecting MDA teams is not something new for us, and we are practiced and experienced in the routine."
*MDA Director General, Eli Bin:* "At Magen David Adom, we were prepared ahead of time for the evacuation of the eleven Israelis who landed in the country, after spending two weeks in isolation on a ship off the coast of Japan. The paramedics who evacuated them, were provided with full kits designed for these cases, In order to prevent any possibility of infection. MDA works in full coordination and cooperation with the health and foreign ministries, with the airport authority and the Sheba hospital in Tel Hashomer, and will continue to assist in the national effort to prevent the spread of the Corona virus in Israel."
MDA Prepares to Evacuate the Israelis who will Land in Israel from "Corona Ship"
The 12 Israelis who have spent the last two weeks in isolation on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan for fear of having contracted the Corona virus are expected to land at Ben Gurion Airport in the next few days.
MDA EMTs and paramedics prepare to evacuate the 12 Israelis and will be protected by a special suit, mask, hat and glasses, according to the protocol for suspected infectious diseases. After the evacuation, the ambulances will be disinfection using a special system, which ensures the health of the patients, the next patients and injured to be evacuated, and of the MDA teams.
MDA Medical Division Director, Rami Miller: "The Magen David Adom teams are prepared throughout the year, working skillfully and professionally wherever they are required to provide medical care and evacuation of patients suspected of carrying infectious diseases. Therefore, the issue of protecting MDA teams and disinfecting ambulances is not new for us, and we are experienced in this area. "
MDA Director General Eli Bin: "At Magen David Adom, we are preparing for the evacuation of the 12 Israelis who will land in Israel, after a two-week stay on the cruise ship off the coast of Japan. We are working in full coordination and cooperating with the Health and Foreign Ministries, the Airport Authority and the Sheba hospital in Tel Hashomer. " ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago today, over 460 people joined us to celebrate Blood, Sweat & Tears for 90 years of Magen David Adom.
Our keynote speaker Hillel Neuer spoke passionately about the challenges that Israel continually faces and also brought to light the myriad other humanitarian issues that he also deals with daily on behalf of other countries fighting for their rights on the world stage.
This event surpassed all our expectations and has set a fantastic tone for our campaign for 2020, ensuring that we will be able to provide defibrillators for general public areas throughout Israel.
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