When a mobile dental clinic conducted by a university hospital concluded operations last September, local residents had to take bus that runs only a few times a day to dental clinics in the center of Ishinomaki City, an hour away. The situation imposed a heavy burden on the elderly, who often have artificial teeth and need more dental care.
|May 8th, 2012 – Ishinomaki City Ogatsu Hospital used to have surgical, internal medicine and dental departments before the earthquake. The city has decided to close the hospital, but the building remains.|
The opening ceremony was held on June 4th, with the mayor of Ishinomaki City in attendance. At the ceremony, Mr. Kawase expressed his determination, saying, “There are many people who have not received or have suspended proper treatment. I would like to make this a place where people can come to receive treatment at ease.” Since the clinic’s opening, many patients, including those living outside of town, have been coming every day.
|June 4th, 2012 – Mr. Soichiro KAWASE has taken charge of the temporary dental clinic.|
|June 4th, 2012 – At the clinic’s opening ceremony, Sayako NOGIWA (right), head of AAR Japan’s Tohoku Office, hands a letter of assignment to the mayor of Ishinomaki City.|
As of July 2012, AAR has carried out repairs and reconstruction assistance at 57 facilities for the elderly and persons with disabilities across Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. This clinic has a barrier-free design, including a wide bathroom and handrails in the halls, so people with physical disabilities can visit the clinic easily. We have also been providing home-based medical treatment for people who cannot come to the clinic. We hope that our support will contribute to building a community where the elderly can continue to live in peace.
|June 4th, 2012 – AAR Japan constructed a ramp (right) to enable wheelchair users to enter the treatment room directly.|
*This project was made possible thanks to a grant provided by AmeriCares, in addition to generous individual donations.