Health Chats
Live from the Japan Disaster: Medical Response on the Ground
Tuesday Mar 22, 2011, 08:00PM - 09:00PM (EST)
Enoch Choi, MDBlank
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Urgent Care, Palo Alto, CA
Join emergency aid physicians who will be reporting LIVE from Sendai, Japan on the medical response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in this free one-hour health chat on Tuesday, March 22, at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT.<br><br> Moderated by Enoch Choi, MD, Medical Director of Jordan International Aid and MedHelp’s very own disaster preparedness expert.<br><br> In Sendai, Japan: Jesse Mendoza, President of Jordan International Aid<br> Dr. Tim Riesenberger, MD, emergency room physician<br> Vanessa Remhof, RN<br><br> Jordan International Aid is an all-volunteer based, humanitarian aid and relief organization. Jordan International Aid is assisting in a joint effort with the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre and a multidisciplinary team of skilled social entrepreneurs, nutritionists, health professionals and disaster veterans to assist in the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster recovery.
Emergency Relief Doctors:
This has been an honor and a privilege to be here helping. I have been very inspired by the way the Japanese people have responded. The culture itself is one that is tremendously inspirational with their passion and concern - even with the challenges - their level of compassion for each other has been amazing. Specifically in the relief camps, there are long lines of people waiting for supplies - they show the utmost respect for each other. There are no reports that we have seen or witnessed of people being violent or of cutting in line or anything along those lines. This has been very orderly and this is a VERY wonderful thing. After 14 years of disaster I have never seen anything like this.
Enoch Choi, MD:
You can support us at http://bit.ly/Donation2Japan by making a paypal donation
Enoch Choi, MD:
This donates to Jordan International Aid, a 501c3 that is a tax deductible donation
Emergency Relief Doctors:
The best way to help is cash donations and certainly the Enoch Choi foundation and Jordan International Aid are doing a great job of targeting of where this help needs to go. the problem is that people often want to donate clothing and often relief agencies pay as much to move those things from the US to the affected area as they would if they were to just buy the clothes there. Cash is really the thing that helps the most.
Enoch Choi, MD:
Local hospitals state they don't need physical donations
Annafanky:
I am impressed how fast your team and foundation are getting the help to people in need there.
Enoch Choi, MD:
Thank you, they got there as soon as possible
Michael:
Dr. Choi and your team are the kinds of doctors we all wish we had - the kind who are in "it" to make the world a better place!
Enoch Choi, MD:
Thank you so much, I'm hoping to inspire others to lend a hand and make a difference
Enoch Choi, MD:
I'm sharing how i think folks can via: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enoch-Choi-Foundation/417718500061
Enoch Choi, MD:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Enoch-Choi-Foundation/417718500061
Enoch Choi, MD:
The next comment is from Jesse Mendoza
Emergency Relief Doctors:
This relief effort is very, very different than Haiti in so many ways.  Accessing the areas and working with the government. The UN is not as involved and working around all of these challenges - we have to help and lend as many helping hands as we can. We feel honored to be here and help those in need. Especially knowing that there are so many that have left and are more concerned about themselves. Even their own people are trying to leave Japan because of radiation and worry. When the Japanese people see us they cry and show much emotion, gratitude and are so thankful to see us here basically risking our lives for theirs. It has been a very impacting thing to see.
Enoch Choi, MD:
http://www.jordaninternationalaid.org/
Enoch Choi, MD:
Jesse has another comment:
Enoch Choi, MD:
This is a comment from Jesse's cousin
Enoch Choi, MD:
a 21 year resident of Tokyo
Enoch Choi, MD:
and his wife,from Japan
Emergency Relief Doctors:
My cousin has been living in Tokyo, Japan for 20 years, if you would like to ask anything of him or of his wife as a local. They would like to share this is the biggest earthquake she has felt in her life. She is very worried and even though the Sendai area is north of them, it is very scary and they don't know if these nuclear reactors will melt down and spew radiation into the atmosphere. They are all very, very touched that volunteers are coming from around the world and risking their lives coming ut here. This is no Haiti, they have a functioning government, but they are not happy with the Tokyo electric company. They are the ones who are running the power plants and they are very, very upset with them. They are in Tokyo and the rolling blackout has been cancelled.
Emergency Relief Doctors:
To Enoch and the volunteers: "We just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts we are really touched by all of you guys and we don't know how to thank you."
Enoch Choi, MD:
The following comment is from Jesse Mendoza
Emergency Relief Doctors:
There is lots and lots of fear. With all of these aftershocks people are very afraid - radiation, what they are hearing from the government, the aftershocks. In terms of what the people are doing, they are trying to carry out their lives. A lot of those who are financially capable are trying to flee Japan. Those who are not financially capable are trying to do what they can to survive as well as possible.
Emergency Relief Doctors:
They are trying to clean up businesses. You can go to my youtube account where I have uploaded footage. Business are trying to clean up the debris and trying work towards reopening and getting their lives back together.
Enoch Choi, MD:
http://www.youtube.com/user/cyberjesss#p/u
Enoch Choi, MD:
Is a link to Jesse Mendoza's videos
Enoch Choi, MD:
Thanks to everyone for participating!
Enoch Choi, MD:
http://bit.ly/Donation2Japan is how to support us!
Enoch Choi, MD:
Thanks to MedHelp for the opportunity to reach out to you all!
Emergiblog:
Very powerful videos
Emergiblog:
Thanks, Enoch, for everything!
Enoch Choi, MD:
Thanks Emergiblog!
Ashelen:
No question here - just please let your cousin and his wife, and other locals know that they are all in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers every single day - we haven't forgotten just because time has passed, and if I could scoop them up and give them a warm, safe  place in my home I would in a moment.