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Afula HaEmek Medical Center

Hospitals in North Stock up on Blood, Prepare to Move Patients Underground

Hospitals in northern Israel were preparing for a potential war with Hezbollah, finalizing plans for two key scenarios: power outages and being cut off from access to roads and safe areas.

While no new concrete instructions have been issued, senior Health Ministry officials spoke with hospital administrators last week to verify readiness, instructing them to stockpile blood supplies for six days instead of four.

Rambam Health Care Campus, the largest in the north, would be expected to handle a significant portion of the injured in the event of war. It has 900 beds in its underground complex and can expand by another 800 beds. Rambam was also preparing to take in patients who may be evacuated from smaller medical facilities nearby.

Emek Medical Center in Afula is nearing completion of its underground facility to deal with missile and UAV threats. Dr. Maor Maman, the hospital’s CEO said they were fortifying essential infrastructures, increasing protected beds from 150 to 300, and opening a large protected command center.

“We prepared a communication system using phones to operate on an emergency network. We will use a newly completed underground area built to house our intensive care and dialysis units, for additional beds and are stocking up on equipment and medicine according to the Health Ministry guidelines.” (YNet / VFI News)

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