Team Manages Residents' Health in Rain-Hit Areas

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Takehara, Hiroshima Pref., July 18 (Jiji Press)--A public health team is implementing a range of measures for residents of Hiroshima Prefecture, hit hard by the recent heavy rain, including those still in shelters.

With a total of 1,213 residents forced to stay in evacuations centers in the western Japan prefecture as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday (7 a.m. GMT), health management is a major problem.

The team members--chiefly public health nurses--are meeting evacuees in the centers and residents of affected houses to hear carefully from about their health, while checking the progress of cleaning work and finding obstacles to their lives.

On Sunday, a meeting of around 10 nurses in the city of Takahara heard a report on the case of an elderly person living in harsh conditions after returning home from an evacuation center due to sediment that flowed into the house. They decided to send volunteers to the person's house.

"We focus on visiting residents with chronic diseases and older people who don't usually use welfare services and whose conditions are not known," said Sachie Nozawa, 48, a public health center nurse.

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