• Short Summary

    At the Laotian village of Pak-Lay, 120 kilometres north west of Veintiane, a team of Japanese doctors and nurses have been giving medical aid to local inhabitants.

  • Description

    At the Laotian village of Pak-Lay, 120 kilometres north west of Veintiane, a team of Japanese doctors and nurses have been giving medical aid to local inhabitants.

    For the past six weeks, the four-member team have been operating in this area under the auspices of the International Red Cross. Team from three other countries -- Switzerland, Great Britain and France -- are also operating in Laos under the Red Cross.

    The area in whist the Japanese medical team have to work is both rugged and mountainous. And their usual form of transportation is by helicopter.

    To reach the isolated village of Pak-Lay, the two nurses, doctor, and delegate travel on elephants. Pak-Lay has not received any medical help for the cast ten years.

    Whenever the medical team arrives in Pak-Lay, hundreds of Laotians queue up to receive medical attention. In the past six weeks, the team has treated more than 5,000 patients.

    Much of their activity is confined to giving the local inhabitants tenants injections, and vaccinations against typhoid, diphtheria and poliomyelitic. Although the team's activities are administered by the International Red Cross, the medical supplies come directly from Japan. Every six months, the team is replaced by another four-member contingent.

    Like the other three teams operating under the International Red Cross, the Japanese team offers medical aid to whoever requires it.

    Members of the Japanese team are:
    1. Dr. Morita Takashi from Kyodo
    2. Nurse Badakenaka Yoshiko from Fukui
    3. Nurse Okuno Shigeyo from Kyodo
    4. Delegate Ishita Seiji from Tokyo

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD55QKEI2VI3MPJ9LV2CMUWING
    Media URN:
    VLVAD55QKEI2VI3MPJ9LV2CMUWING
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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