FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

216the area.”In the end, the actual number of people requiring hospitalization was four. One of these was at risk of septicemia from severe bed sores. Another was a carrier of miliary tuberculosis. The last two were in poor nutritional states, but were good enough that under the right conditions, even a family doctor could treat them. For the people we deemed as not requiring hospitalization but still needing continued care, we provided continued visits from the next week onward.The things that must be done change with time. Thus, our role as family doctors changed in response to new needs, such as the health management of residents who moved to different places after the closing of evacuation centers, and the mental health care of students returning for the new semester from Tokyo and other areas. We made short-, mid-, and long-term plans about what medical care community members needed, seeking the opinions of community nurses and government officials. I am truly glad to have learned the methodologies of family medicine.As part of the reconstruction efforts, I would like to continue to help foster the wellness and fitness of community members to avoid diseases. All of last week, we held relaxation gymnastics classes throughout the prefecture. Relaxation gymnastics is a type of exercise for relaxing the body by massaging the calves and back of the neck and rubbing the whole body. Kabuki actor and certified instructor Kikunosuke Onoe visited evacuation centers and hospitals and led relaxation gymnastics classes for us. In addition, to cheer up the children, we are now planning with the Australia–Japan Society an exchange event between children from Fukushima and those of the same age from Australia.�(as told to Kyoko Kitazawa)Practicing World-Class Family Medicine in Fukushima