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Posts Tagged ‘Magen David Adom’

MDA Treats ‘Hundreds’ Around Israel Over Secular New Year’s Eve

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response organization says it treated hundreds of people around the country on Saturday night, the secular New Year’s Eve.

That figure included 189 who were treated specifically at New Year’s Eve celebrations and events.

Also included were 35 people who were injured in motor vehicle accidents, and one 23-year-old who died in a car accident on Route 98 when his car flipped over.

As for the traditional toast to the new year, the statistics include 83 teenagers and adults who required treatment for alcohol poisoning, 40 people who were hurt in violent altercations, and a 33-year-old man who fell from a first-floor balcony in Ashdod.

However, on the “plus” side, there were volunteers from an organization in Kfar Giladi handing out testing kits for people to check their drinks to make sure they hadn’t been tainted with the ‘date rape’ drug.

Hana Levi Julian

United Hatzolah Steps In to Help in Judea, Samaria and Northern Border Region

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Following publication of a letter by Magen David Adom announcing it will reduce services to Judea, Samaria and the northern border starting December 30 (Friday), United Hatzolah announced Thursday night that it would step in to pick up the slack.

“United Hatzalah urges citizens to use its emergency hotline, 1221, which directly contacts the United Hatzalah national dispatch center,” the organization said in a statement.

“United Hatzalah has instructed its chapters and volunteers to increase their activities and coverage in [Judea, Samaria and the northern border region].

“We understand from the statement released by MDA that budget cuts by the Amana settlement housing agency are affecting its emergency response service, and as a result, MDA is reducing its services to Judea, Samaria and the northern border region,” said United Hatzolah CEO Moshe Teitelbaum.

“We realize this measure may exacerbate injuries, or cost lives. As a volunteer organization engaged in saving lives, we cannot stand idly by,” he continued.

“We will therefore increase our services to these areas. We have placed our volunteers on heightened alert, and this evening will move extra equipment and volunteers to Judea, Samaria and to the northern border region,” Teitelbaum said.

“In the coming days we will look into the possibility of transferring more ambulances to Judea, Samaria and the northern border area, and possibly purchasing numerous additional ambulances in order to provide proper coverage to the area and fill the gap left by this turn of events,” added Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzolah.

“We call upon the residents of these areas to call our dispatch center in the event of any medical emergency. The telephone number for United Hatzolah is 1221.

“All of our responders are volunteers, and there is no charge for the emergency services that we provide for public health and safety,” Beer said.

Hana Levi Julian

MDA TO Cut Services in Judea, Samaria, Northern Border

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service announced Thursday in a letter quoted by Arutz Sheva that it will reduce emergency medical services (EMS) and ambulance coverage to Judea, Samaria and the northern border region beginning on Friday, December 30.

The emergency medical response service said in its letter that budget cuts and unkept promises were forcing the measures in order to ensure that services could continue elsewhere.

The letter was reportedly sent Wednesday (Dec. 28) to the director of the Amana settlement housing agency, government ministers and others.

“After an entire year in which it was told to me by MDA officials that the budget for MDA operations in Judea and Samaria was arranged as requested, again we face a hopeless situation,” wrote MDA director-general Eli Bin.

“To date we can see no solution that will allow operations that took place in 2016 to continue forward, based on what you have provided.

“Due to your lack of planning and because the necessary funds have not been transferred to MDA to cover salaries, fuel, insurance and maintenance, the Association is entering a deficit that will impact the operations in the entire country,” Bin wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Driver Wounded in Shooting Attack Near Ofarim

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Arab terrorists opened fire at an Israeli driver at approximately 1 AM on Monday morning as he traveled on the road near the Shuqba Junction to Halamish (Neve Tzuf). The site is north of Ramallah and just south of the community of Beit Aryeh and Ofarim.

The car was hit multiple times by bullets from a passing car, and the driver was lightly wounded in the face from the broken glass and possibly the bullet too.

Google Map of Samaria and Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, Modi'in Illit.

Google Map of Samaria and Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, Modi’in Illit.

Israeli soldiers set out in search of the attackers and found an abandoned vehicle in the field, and checked it to see if it had been used by the terrorists.

The victim, in his twenties, was treated at the scene before being evacuated by Magen David Adom medics to Tel Hashomer Medical Center with shrapnel wounds to the upper lip area and the cheek, Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria reported.

Last week, the car of a women from Neve Tzuf and her two children were shot at by terrorists in this same general area. No one was injured in that attack, but the car had multiple bullet holes in it.

On Sunday morning, the Israeli government approved a budget for 113 more bulletproof buses to be added to the nation’s fleet.

The proposal advanced by Likud Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz adds the buses over the next four years to the school and civilian bus lines in Judea and Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian

MDA Calls for Public Blood Donation, Warns Shortage Looms

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service is calling on the Israeli public to donate blood in the face of a shortage in the country’s blood bank.

In particular, MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller says there is a shortage in blood types O+ and all of the RH-negative types, A-, B- and O-.

Heller notes the blood bank is facing difficulties supplying Israel’s hospitals with enough units of blood for transfusions. Israeli National Blood Services, a division of MDA-Israel, is responsible for the collection, processing, testing and distribution of blood units and blood products throughout the State of Israel.

The central blood bank and the fractionation plant where blood is separated into plasma and other components are located in Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

Hundreds of thousands of units of blood are collected annually, 90 percent of which are collected via MDA Mobil Units in schools, factories, community centers and army bases. The other 10 percent are collected at donor rooms in MDA first aid stations in towns and cities throughout the country.

MDA also manages the Israeli National Public Cord Blood Bank. Blood collected from the placenta after a baby is born, contains cord blood (CB) stem cells which have the potential to replace bone marrow and other tissues in the body. CB, which has properties that hold promise for the evolving field of cellular selection, expansion and gene therapy, is currently being used as an alternative source for transplantation in patients with congenital or malignant disease.

All donated blood is tested for blood type, detection of irregular antibodies to red cell antigens, and transfusion-transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis B, C, HIV 1/2, HTLV and Syphilis as well as ALT levels.

Every person who donates blood is offered the MDA Blood Insurance program, which grants further credit of blood for the donor and his/her immediate family members for 12 months following the donation.

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands Needed Help From MDA on Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Magen David Adom (MDA) reported Wednesday that over the 26-hour period of the holy day of Yom Kippur, paramedics treated 2,326 people.

Of those, 136 women in labor were brought to hospitals via MDA ambulance.

For less positive reasons, at least 249 people fainted or were otherwise dehydrated during the fast; 220 more were hurt in non-vehicular accidents involving wheels – bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, etc.

MDA paramedics also treated 20 people for injuries due to violent events.

Hana Levi Julian

Engine Gone, Israir Pilot Safely Lands Disabled Jet at Ben Gurion Airport

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

While most Israelis were fast asleep late Monday night, dozens of first responders, medics and fire and rescue personnel were wide awake and watching tensely as they waited for a disabled plane to appear in the skies above Ben Gurion International Airport.

Ambulances, fire trucks, police vehicles and other equipment were immediately deployed to the tarmac after the air traffic controller received word that an Israeli passenger plane was in trouble, and would try to return home.

The pilot was able to land the aircraft, an Israir A320 passenger jet, safely with 118 passengers aboard in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after reporting that one of the plane’s engines had quit.

He managed to bring the aircraft home under its own power to the airport and carry out a successful emergency landing, despite the dicey conditions.

Upon its arrival, passengers and crew found numerous fire and rescue personnel, ambulances, medics and other first responders waiting to assist.

No injuries were reported. Its not yet clear what caused the engine to malfunction. An investigation has been launched.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/one-engine-gone-israir-pilot-safely-lands-disabled-plane-at-ben-gurion-airport/2016/08/16/

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