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The Nigata Prefecture Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake Nursing Frontline

The Nigata Prefecture Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake Nursing Frontline
 
August 9th, 2007
 
Community health section, health center of Kashiwazaki at July 18th
Community health section, health center of Kashiwazaki at July 18th
 
Make use of a booklet of COE program
Make use of a booklet of COE program

Our relief activities following the 2007 Niigata Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake.

Our preliminary support team (dispatched from July 18th to July 21st ) obtained information from Niigata Prefecture health workers, established contact with Kashiwazaki Health Center, and entered the affected area. Fighting terrible traffic along the way, we bought relief supplies after making contact with nurses who had already entered the disaster area and health workers at Kashiwazaki, before finally reaching our destination.

The Health Center requested that we go to the evacuation shelters with the greatest number of evacuees, and so we split into teams of 2 to help out at 2 separate shelters.

In one evacuation shelter, as the photo shows, the care package developed by COE was displayed, and was explained to health workers who expressed an interest. Evacuees at the disaster site had their blood pressure checked in order to determine whether they were suffering from existing illnesses or symptoms related to the disaster. Efforts were also made to establish communication with evacuees.


 
As it was summer, particular attention was paid to preventing food poisoning and heatstroke, and to the hygiene of toilet areas. Reports on what people were eating and the results of their health consultations were made at the daily disaster site meeting, and disaster victims were provided with nursing care. In the process of alternating between shelters, we learned just how difficult and complex it was to provide support , especially when it came to communications. Working in two different shelters allowed us to see first-hand the differences between the communities and the type of damage they had endured, and provided insights on how important these factors were to the management of emergency shelters. Having arrived just three days after the earthquake, our experience reconfirmed the importance of providing immediate relief in the initial stages following a disaster.
 

After this, we continued our ongoing survey and relief efforts while accompanying teams of health workers from Hyogo prefecture, with 1 person going in the first phase from July 24th to the 27th, and another going in the second phase from July 26th to the 30th.

 
2007.08.08
 
The report meeting of nursing activities of The Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake and future problem
The report meeting of nursing activities of The Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake and future problem

Participation in the 9th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing


A meeting was held to report on the nursing activities that took place following the Niigata Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake and future challenges
Reports were presented by both the team that worked at the site of the disaster until the end of July, and the University team that provided backup support from on-campus.

A total of 51 people from within and outside the University community participated in the meeting. The program, which appears below, included reports on the state of the disaster area and the needs of the victims.

 

 
Program

1. Initial activities at Kashiwazaki Health Center from July 18th to the 21st

1)

General overview of relief work

(Nursing Network group: Tomoe Watanabe)
2)

Nursing at the evacuation shelters

(COE researcher: Ayumi Nishigami, Nursing Network group: Atsuko Okazaki)
3) Communications during the disaster   (Information Base group: Hatsumi Kanzaki)
2.University-based support activities (Nursing Network group: Yuko Ushio)
3.Activities from July 24th (accompanying Hyogo prefecture health workers)
1)

Activities from July 24th to July 27th

(Nursing network group: Akiko Narahashi
2)

Activities from July 26th to July 31st

(Elderly CDP group/ Graduate School of Nursing student: Miho Takami)

 
 
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