IDF Civil Administration Opens Health Operations Room
Health operations room will coordinate Arab medical and humanitarian cases in Judea, Samaria 24 hours a day.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/17/2011, 4:37 PM / Last Update: 5/17/2011, 4:41 PM
The IDF’s Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria announced Tuesday that it had opened a health operations room, which will be available 24 hours a day, to coordinate various medical and humanitarian cases in the Arab population.
The room will provide rapid, real-time responses regarding the transit of ambulances and patients from Judea and Samaria to Israeli hospitals and to Jordan, and the transfer of bodies. It will coordinate and monitor the medical situations of patients evacuated to Israeli hospitals.
Ironically, the announcement came less than two days after published video footage showed Arab rioters hiding behind an ambulance as they hurled rocks at Israeli security forces.
The health operations room will be staffed by IDF soldiers who have completed a coordination and liaison course, and who have been trained in providing responses to cases like the ones with which the room will deal.
It will operate under the supervision of Civil Administration Health Coordinator, Dalia Basa, and will be in contact with the security forces, Civil Administration representatives in the various districts, Israeli hospitals, Magen David Adom and the Arab Red Crescent.
Health Coordinator Basa said that, "This is an additional step designed to save lives and provide proper treatment, issues which are at the top of the Civil Administration's list of priorities. In 2010, over 180,000 patients and their escorts left for treatment in Israeli hospitals, and there were over 3,600 ambulance evacuations from Judea and Samaria."
Israeli hospitals, the Palestinian Authority, medical services in Judea and Samaria and various Palestinian medical professionals have been notified regarding the opening of the health operations room.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Civil Administration said that they intend to continue to work towards improving the quality of life of Palestinian residents in Judea and Samaria, in coordination with all relevant elements.