GENEVA -- The UN health agency has given Israel top marks for its disaster relief capabilities.
The World Health Organization says the Mideast country has an unparalleled ability to deploy large, full-fledged medical teams to help treat the injured and the sick after natural disasters or outbreaks of viruses.
A WHO certification program of emergency medical teams last week gave Israel's team the first-ever top grade for its ability to deploy field hospitals, provide medical services and be self-sufficient in a crisis zone.
Program chief Dr. Ian Norton said on Monday that Israel scored best among 75 national and non-governmental group teams.
The program sets standards of care for international response to health emergencies such as Ebola in West Africa, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 or Haiti's earthquake in 2010.