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Israeli Hospitals Drill the Transition from ‘Routine to War’

Israeli Hospitals Drill the Transition from ‘Routine to War’

Under the expert guidance of IDF Home Front Command, Israeli hospitals across the country are shoring up their ability to shift into war mode should a sudden conflict erupt without prior warning. In such a scenario, hospitals could, like the rest of the country, find themselves under heavy fire, yet must still be able to provide life-saving care for existing patients and the wounded.

Last Thursday, the Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat in northern Israel held an intensive drill, simulating a situation in which it came under heavy rocket fire from Hezbollah and still had to function as a hospital.

The exercise came weeks after Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus held a similar drill.

Maj.-Gen. Merav Shavi-Sultan, head of the Hospital Preparations Department in the Home Front Command, said that work goes on year-round to prepare the civilian health-care system for such emergencies.

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