On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit with an earthquake of extreme magnitude. The impact was immense. More than 600,000 houses were destroyed and hundreds of thousands more were damaged. An IDF (Zahal) delegation was one of the firsts to participate in the global effort to rescue the Nepalese citizens and its tourists. Here are some numbers you need to know about IDF (Zahal) efforts in Nepal.
Our delegates arrived two days after the earthquake and got straight to work. Landing April 27th, the field hospital was up by the next day and continued operating until May 10th.
The Medical Corps included 45 doctors and 29 nurses. Additionally, the IDF (Zahal) delegation brought along two mental health professionals to treat unseen trauma.
With injuries ranging from scrapes to severed limbs, our doctors remained constantly alert for every victim that was rushed in. Among the patients were 8 newborns who we helped deliver.
130 Surgical Procedures
Our field hospital was fully operational. IDF (Zahal) doctors performed tens of plastic surgeries and hundreds of orthopedic surgeries. In addition, the hospital had a fully functioning lab in which they ran a range of tests for the patients.
5 Medical Clowns
Medical clowns volunteered to assist the wounded, lessen anxiety, and improve victims’ mental health. The clowns brought a fun and positive environment to the field hospital.