Fukushima TV station KFB reported today on the planned end to house-to-house medical checks within the Fukushima Dai-Ichi 30 kilometer evacuation zone:

The SDF supporting medical volunteers from Nagasaki in Fukushima Dai-Ichi evacuation zone

The SDF supporting medical volunteers from Nagasaki in Fukushima Dai-Ichi evacuation zone (Source: Nagasaki University Hospital)

Home Medical Checks in 30km Evacuation Zone to end May 31st

House-to-house rounds conducted by prefectural and medical university doctors, the prefectural medical association and the SDF within the 20-30 kilometer evacaution zone of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant will finish at the end of the month.

The decision was made on May 29th at a meeting in Fukushima City’s Prefectural Neighborhood Meeting Hall.

This will allow efforts to be concentrated on restoring local medical institutions and on-call nursing stations.

These medical facilities will attempt to take over the provision of medical services to around 390 patients from next month.

Since April, the prefecture had been sending physicians and registered nurses on rounds to attend to those patients unable to voluntarily evacuate.

Around 1,536 people were checked in the towns, cities and villages of Iwaki, Tamura, Minami-Soma, Hirono, Namie, Shinchi and Iitate.

During this time, 5 people were hospitalized with severe symptoms such as pneumonia and dehydration.

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