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1 Dead in H1N1 Outbreak; Health Ministry Warns ‘Get Your Flu Shot!’

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Israel’s Health Ministry is warning citizens to get their flu shots if they have not already done so. An outbreak of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) has struck hard in Israel, and the flu season has barely begun, according to Dr. Yuval Rabinovich, medical director of the Leumit HMO clinic in Arad.

“The worst month in flu season is typically in February,” Rabinovich told JewishPress.com in an interview on Thursday. “The second worst in January, but we have seen cases as late as April. We have only now just begun the season. This year is slightly worse than the past two years, but it is not really different from the average. Flu can be deadly.”

The first symptom of the illness is usually severe difficulty breathing. This is combined with a fever, intense headache, muscle aches, weakness and fatigue. Officials warn Israelis to get to immediately contact a doctor if any of these symptoms appear. The virus has already had deadly consequences in the Jewish State.

One woman died Wednesday night after fighting for her life for more than a month at Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva.

Nine others have been hospitalized, including three who were pregnant. One woman, age 25, required a Caesarean section due to the severity of her illness. Her baby is in the neonatal ICU in stable condition. The condition of the other two pregnant women has improved.

“Especially for women who are pregnant, and for babies, the issue of getting a flu shot is of paramount importance,” Rabinovich stressed, “for two reasons. First, the flu can cause a pregnant woman to have a miscarriage. Second, there is no way to protect a very young baby from the flu except by innoculating those around her. A baby can only receive a flu shot at the age of six months, and then the baby must receive a second vaccination a month later.”

In any case, flu shots are not effective until two weeks after the injection, Rabinovich added.

Four people currently ill with the virus are hospitalized at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, including a woman age 57 in serious condition, who was placed on a respirator in the ICU. Two women who are ill with the virus are in Jerusalem hospitals; both are in serious condition and have required placement on respirators.

None received a flu shot this year. All were quarantined after coming down with the illness.

Hana Levi Julian

Ethiopian Doctor Who Lit Yom Ha’Atzmaut Torch Heads IDF Team in Nepal

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Israel’s first Ethiopian doctor, who lit one of the traditional torches on Yom Ha’Atzmaut give years ago, is leading the IDF medical team in Nepal.

Dr. Avi Yitzchak made Aliyah in the early 1990s in the Operation Shlomo airlift and has become a symbol of success for the Ethiopian community.

He arrived in Nepal five days ago, when he said there was absolutely nothing in the realm of first aid, and decided where to set up a field hospital, which went into operation immediately.

“We began accepting patients from the Nepalese army hospital that was not able to function well, especially in the field of surgery,” said Yitzchak, who specialized in surgery when he studied medicine at Soroka Hospital at Ben Gurion University.

“We are receiving citizens of Nepal with medical problems that the Nepalese army hospital cannot treat beaus they accept only soldiers and their families,” Dr. Yitzchak said from Katmandu.

When not in the army, Dr. Yitzhak works as a surgeon at Soroka.

When he was in Haiti in 2010, he said, “It’s unbelievable how the small State of Israel managed in 20 hours to establish  the most advanced field hospital in Haiti. There is a huge amount of gratitude for Israel’s efforts… I am proud to be a part of this.”



Jewish Press Staff

4 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Hummer Accident Near Gaza

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Four IDF soldiers were hurt Wednesday when the army Hummer in which they were riding flipped over during a patrol around Kissufim near the Gaza border, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 news site.

Such accidents are not as uncommon as one might think, due to the speed with which the vehicles must travel in order to avoid being targets for enemy snipers firing anti-tank missiles and small arms weaponry.

The vehicles are, of necessity, traveling over various types of terrain – including that which is rocky and extremely uneven.

All four soldiers were airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva and are currently listed in fair to good condition.

Hana Levi Julian

Soroka: At the Front During the War, at the Forefront in Medical Care

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Imagine running a hospital that is minutes from a war zone, and has the largest delivery room of all Israel’s hospitals. We’re talking about war, stitching bodies together and delivering babies under extraordinary circumstances: that’s Israel, and that’s Soroka Medical Center.

Dr. Ehud Davidson has been the director-general of Soroka Medical Center since 2013. He’s visiting the States this week because, after the war, he and his staff realized there are needs which must be met before the inevitable next outbreak of hostilities, and he’s hoping to find people who want to help.

But while he’s in the States, Davidson took the time to speak with The Jewish Press. He talked about what his life has been like since taking over as director of Soroka.

Dr. Davidson began his medical career as an internist, but he’s been in administration since 2000. He started along this path at Meir Hospital, which is north of Tel Aviv.  In 2007, Dr. Davidson went to the south, where he served as Deputy Director General of Clatit.

And for the past 15 months Ehud Davidson has been at the helm of Soroka Medical Center, located in Be’er Sheva, in the Negev.

“It has been the most interesting period of my life. Why? Because Soroka has a mission: to bridge the gap in services between the center of Israel and its south. And while we are attempting to provide services to those myriad populations, we also have another major responsibility. Not only are we the biggest hospital in the south, we are also the closest major hospital to the source of most of the major violent conflicts Israel has experienced in the past ten years.

This summer was not just interesting from a medical delivery perspective, it was difficult. So many killed, so many wounded.

“Some veterans on the staff said it resembled the Yom Kippur War,” Davidson shared with a sigh.

And then he began describing exactly what this past summer’s 50 days of war were like at Soroka.

Dr. Davidson described the dozens of times helicopters descended onto the hospital’s helipad, with the doctors rushing to unload and immediately begin treating the severely wounded soldiers.

“They worked shift after shift, so many of them would not go home, even after I insisted,” Davidson said.


“For quite a few of our staff, they never knew when one of these soldiers being downloaded off the choppers might be their own son, or that of a friend’s, or colleagues,” Davidson explained.

In such a small country, every single one of the wounded could be someone you know. In fact, each one is someone you know, because they are all Israelis protecting every doctor and every nurse and every medical center in this tiny country. So many of the doctors and other staff members kept working around the clock, doing their part to protect Israel.

What was different about the way Soroka handled this war?

Davidson proudly explains that all the heads of the medical departments met in what he called their “situation room,” twice every day, to report what was happening in all the different units, what was needed, how emergencies were being handled and what was being learned about how to respond. Every day Soroka medical teams were improving their performances based on best practices shared.

Another innovation was making the patient the center of the practice. A wounded soldier stayed in the intensive care unit. All the treating doctors and staff would come to him, rather than have the patient rotated to the different doctors in, for example, cardiology or orthopedics. The patient was the hub, not the medical department or the physician.

In all, Soroka treated more than 1200 Israelis wounded during Operation Protective Edge, two-thirds of whom were soldiers, one-third civilians.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Sapir College Director Wounded in Gaza Rocket Attack

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The director of Sapir Academic College in Sderot, Dr. Nachmi Paz, age 71, was wounded shortly after noon today (Friday) in a rocket barrage fired from Gaza.

The college director sustained shrapnel wounds. He was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva with moderate injuries and is now listed in fair condition.

A 20-year-old soldier who also sustained shrapnel wounds in the attack is listed in good condition at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

The two were hurt after a rocket exploded near the entrance to a community in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council District.

A separate barrage of six rockets was fired at around the same time at the Sdot Negev Regional Council district. Both attacks occurred shortly before noon.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Yet Another Jewish Org Poised to Honor a BDS Enthusiast (video)

Friday, May 17th, 2013

One would think that after several recent public relations disasters when Jewish or Jewish-connected organizations honor people who support political and economic warfare against the State of Israel, that Jewish groups would stop doing this.

But one would be wrong.

First there was Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School which presented a human rights award to one of the world’s leading defamers and delegitimizers of Israel, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.

Then there was the 92nd Street Y which came very close to providing a public platform from which leading BDS advocate Roger Waters would spew his venom against Israel. Luckily for the 92nd Street Y, Waters had to change the date of the appearance, and the Y took that opportunity to slip out of the noose it had created for itself.

Then there was the incredible fiasco of the State of Israel itself inviting a long-time critic of the Jewish State, scientist Stephen Hawking, to a major scientific conference in Israel.  A little due diligence would have revealed that Hawking was already on record as embracing a hostile narrative against Israel. But no, Israel invited Hawking to give a talk at the President’s Conference.  Hawking rebuffed the Jewish State, backing out of his commitment because he wanted to support the academic boycott against Israel. And Hawking and, especially, those who make the demonization of Israel their life’s work, were thrilled to chalk up a victory in the BDS war against the Jewish State.

Now we learn that the American fundraising arm of a wonderful Israeli institution – Soroka Medical Center – is poised to honor yet another soldier in the delegitimization war against Israel.

On June 18 at the Harvard Club in New York City, the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center will hold its annual gala.  The Statesman for Health Award is being given to a man who helped the virulently anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace support the boycott of Ariel Cultural Center. Mandy Patinkin not only supported the Ariel boycott, he allowed his name to be used to recruit other celebrities to vilify the cultural center in the Jewish town of Ariel. Some statesman.

Patinkin has done more than simply sign a letter of support for artists boycotting a cultural center in Israel, he has also assisted in a fundraiser for Jewish Voice for Peace, and has long been a national board member of Americans for Peace Now.  Just last year, at a conference in Israel he talked about having had his eyes opened while on a tour of Hebron with his good friends from Breaking the Silence, an organization committed to demonizing the Israel Defense Forces as a military force of terror, bent on acquiring territory, and not a defensive, ethical military.

Patinkin, unlike some with whom he associates, is not an Israel hater.  He simply believes that Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria are the nub of the problem and if Jews would just get the heck out of the area, peace would break out.

Patinkin said he supports Israel in a variety of ways, but says the “settlements ignite the situation” between Israelis and Palestinians. For Israel to build a new theater “in an illegal settlement” was adding fuel to the fire.

It is hard to listen to Patinkin and imagine anything other than that he has a warm, loving soul and just wants everyone to get along.  But he’s a big boy now, one with an audience who listens to him.  And with that following comes a responsibility.

The same is true for the American Friends of Soroka.

It is not enough to find a sweet Jewish man with a beautiful voice, one whose star is on the ascent because of his role in a huge television series hit. If the American Friends of Soroka wanted to honor someone, it would have been nice if they found someone who loves all of Israel, someone who doesn’t encourage economic warfare against any of it.

And now Jews are left with the choice of not going to a fundraiser for a wonderful, non-political medical center in Israel, or going and watching as an American Jew who encourages the economic boycott of a Jewish town is given an award.  It’s a tough choice that Jews should not make other Jews make.


Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Captain Ziv Shilon Awakens, Salutes Following Attack

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Captain Ziv Shilon, who was taken to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition after being wounded by a Hamas bomb in the Kissufim area near Gaza on Tuesday regained consciousness on Wednesday, saluting his commander with the arm doctors are fighting to save.

When Southern Command Head Major General Tal Russo arrived at Shilon’s bedside following his return to consciousness, Shilon, who is still on a respirator, saluted with his right arm, which was mangled by the Hamas attack.  Channel 10 news reported Russo was deeply moved, choking up at the gesture.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Shilon’s mother, Margalit, who told Israel’s leader that “I ask that he will prevail and live. I have cancer and cannot get out of bed, I ask you to see to it that he receives good treatment.”

Malkah Fleisher

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