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Ramabm's pediatric ICU evacuated to basement Photo: Doron Golan
Ramabm's pediatric ICU evacuated to basement Photo: Doron Golan
 
 

Haifa hospital goes underground

For first time in war, Rambam Hospital moves whole wings to specially designed bomb shelter

Ahiya Raved
Published: 08.07.06, 12:53 / Israel News

Hospital counters rocket threat: Officials at Haifa's Rambam Hospital began Monday morning the process of transferring whole wings and patients to a large underground bomb shelter containing hundreds of beds.

 

The bomb shelter was prepared in recent weeks in the wake of the outbreak of hostilities in the North. The advanced facility includes air-conditioning and other systems required in order to perform the functions of a regular hospital.

 

Earlier in the war, the hospital in the northern town of Nahariya moved its operations underground.

 

Recently, sensitive departments at Rambam were moved to old quarters at the hospital located at the basement. The latest move follows
the heavy rocket barrage that struck Haifa Sunday night, killing three people and wounding scores.

 

Meanwhile, other hospitals are reviewing wartime procedures, while Hillel Yafe hospital in Hadera made special preparations over the weekend after rockets landed in the area. Just like northern hospitals, Hillel Yafe declared Level 3 readiness, which also means close supervision of doctor vacations.

 

Meanwhile, the IDF Home Front Command in conjunction with the Health Ministry was able to reinforce various types of infrastructure at the medical center, such as oxygen tanks. However, windows at the facility have not yet been reinforced.

 

Hospital Director Meir Oren told Ynet: "Our preparations are not random or sudden. This is joint preparation for emergency cases. Upon the outbreak of the war we prepared in accordance with Home Front Command and Health Ministry instructions."

 

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