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November 25, 2013 5:52 pm

Israel Defense Forces Treat 2,686 Patients in Philippines Mission

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IDF delegation to the Philippines at Ben Gurion Airport, on November 13, 2013. Photo: IDF.

IDF delegation to the Philippines at Ben Gurion Airport, on November 13, 2013. Photo: IDF.

The Israel Defense Forces said its humanitarian mission treated 2,686 patients, including 848 children, in the Philippines, where the IDF has been operating field hospitals for two weeks to aid those injured by a major typhoon, as well as those needing urgent medical care for chronic conditions.

In a statement, the IDF said its troops would return to Israel on Wednesday. The delegation included medical professionals and Home Front Command search and rescue experts who focused on providing medical treatment and repairing damaged infrastructures, such as schools and water facilities.

The delegation returning to Israel will also include two Filipino children who will be transferred to the Schneider Hospital, in Tel Aviv, for further medical care. Upon the delegation’s arrival in Israel, a military ceremony will be conducted at the Ben Gurion International Airport, during which Hanukkah candles will be lit, the IDF said.

“The experts we brought are on the forefront of their fields in Israel the doctors, nurses, and medical staff here, left their homes, families, and jobs, immediately upon hearing there was a need…motivated by compassion and guided by the values of human dignity and friendship,” Col. Dr. David Dagan, commander of the IDF field hospital, said.

The IDF said, in addition to the many types of routine care that was provided, some 60 surgeries were performed, including cancerous tumor removals and eye surgeries, but mostly were for urgent life-saving procedures. In addition, the IDF Gynecological team was involved in approximately 36 births, it said.

Parts of the IDF medical and rescue equipment, including eight tents, generators, various medicines and an X-ray machine, will remain in the Philippines to be used by the German-Austrian delegation.

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  • Shaun Donaldson

    Brilliant work by the IDF for the victims of this crisis.

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  • Jobert Bantayan

    On behalf of my fellow Filipinos, I say thank you to the members of this medical team and to the whole nation of Israel. You’re a wonderful people. Your kindness and generosity in our time of grief and great need will never be forgotten. The school children in Bogo City, where the IDF team was stationed, played music to the members of the medical mission to show their appreciation. Your medical team’s accomplishments in Bogo City are always mentioned in local news. May the Lord continue to protect and bless the nation of Israel. Happy Chanukkah.

    • Your appreciation means the world to us in Israel. As is written in the Talmud ”
      “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
      Our best wishes to you all.

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  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Is there any way to send this article to the Media so they can show the world Israel contribution to Humanity.
    Bravo for Tzahal and their excellent job savings human being.

    • Jay

      The media will not publicize the good deed that Israel has performed.

      After all, the media’s purpose is to vilify Israel.

    • Scott

      The media knows but does not care, as it does not fit the narrative of Israel being the bad guy. They widely published the false reports of the “massacre” in Jenin, but when it came out there was no massacre, the media was silent.