FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

chap.IFukushima Medical University Girds for BattleFUKUSHIMA: Lives on the Line53•Notice of Temporary Health Consultation for Women1. Goal: We are now providing health consultation over the telephone to women who are worried about their health owing to the Great East Japan Earthquake. 2. Consultation Days:Tuesday, March 229:00 am to 5:00 pmWednesday, March 23 9:00 am to 5:00 pmThursday, March 249:00 am to 5:00 pmFriday, March 259:00 am to 5:00 pmMonday, March 281:00 pm to 5:00 pmTuesday, March 299:00 am to 5:00 pmThursday, March 319:00 am to 5:00 pmFriday, April 19:00 am to 5:00 pm3. Consultation Phone Number: 024-547-14074. Contact Physician: Hiromi Komiya, Director, Gender-Specific Medicine Center5. Charge:Free of charge•A video lecture by the Fukushima Prefecture Radiation Health Risk Advisor (held at Fukushima Terrsa on March 21) is now available. (links to the Fukushima Prefecture homepage).•The conditional general competitive bid (affecting six contracts) that was postponed indefinitely will now be held on Friday, March 25.To the Residents of Fukushima:We mourn the loss of those taken from us by the massive earthquake and the ensuing powerful tsunami that struck Fukushima on March 11, and we express our condolences to those affected by the disaster or forced to live as evacuees.Our university set up a disaster response headquarters soon after the earthquake, prepared the university hospital for the admission of disaster victims, and particularly provided care for the seriously injured. During this time, we inconvenienced many with restrictions on outpatient care and visitation of hospitalized patients, but we still fulfilled our role as the sole medical university hospital in Fukushima. We are deeply grateful for the understanding and cooperation of the people of Fukushima.Yesterday, we were finally able to partially resume outpatient care, but the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident has still not come to a conclusion, and the direction that our medical systems will take in the future is not entirely clear. We thank you again for your understanding about any further inconvenience this may cause.The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is a serious event that nobody in our country had experienced before, and for which there is no fixed answer. But as the media is reporting daily, the Self-Defense Forces and Tokyo Fire Department have rushed to the scene, and many others are working hard to ensure the speedy resolution of this unfortunate situation. We request all the residents of Fukushima, including medical professionals, to avoid being unnecessarily worried or misguided by inaccurate information and to make level-headed decisions based on accurate information.This is the moment of truth for the people of Fukushima. But the people of Fukushima already have a (http://fmu.ac.jp/index_shinsai.php)Fukushima Medical University: Disaster WebpageFrom March 22 to March 30, 20112011.3.222011.3.23