A series of in-facility COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at medical facilities in Hiroshima Prefecture in mid-December, 2020. Hiroshima became the country’s fourth highest prefecture with new cases per population. Peace Winds Japan, a member of ARROWS based in Hiroshima, received assistance requests from medical facilities affected by COVID-19 cases.
At one of the medical facilities, two doctors first directed zoning floors based on risk levels and demonstrated how to wear and take off personal protective equipment. The team then continued assisting the frontline doctors and nurses who were working tirelessly.
Non-medical staff members were deployed along with the doctors and nurses – coordinators assisted with zoning, cleaning, and sterilizing the facilities. I worked alongside a nurse who was in charge of inventory control and assisted with refilling and organizing medical supplies. During the new year holiday, municipal office workers also worked without taking any time off and ARROWS assisted the municipal workers in preparing reporting documents.
In the spring of 2020, ARROWS deployed to a cruise ship in Nagasaki that was experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks among its crew. Building on this experience, the team was able to provide assistance activities despite infection risks.
Many staff members at these facilities were working day and night – a nurse who were working with few breaks for nearly three weeks, those who could not see their loved ones during the holiday season. Not only did ARROWS provide medical assistance, but we also provided emotional support and searched for solutions to various social issues.
ARROWS will continue supporting frontline health care providers.
Click on the link below to read an interview with ARROWS’ Project Leader, Dr. Mototaka Inaba (written in Japanese).
You can support A-PAD’s activities by donating through Furusato Nozei (“Hometown Tax”), a government crowd-funding scheme in Saga Prefecture. The project aims to improve the hygiene environment and prevent further casualties from infectious diseases in disaster settings. The target amount is 1.5 million yen (approximately USD15,000) and donations will be accepted until February 3, 2021.
Please click on the link below to donate:
■What a JPY10,000 Donation Will Provide for Three People
Hygiene kits include masks, tooth brushes, nail clippers, alcohol wipes, razors, and more.