Monday, March 12, 2012

Ashkelon hospital to move wards to bomb shelters


 March 12, 2012, 3:42 pm

With rockets landing nearby, Barzilai medical center set to shift some activities underground

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayovr/Flash90)
Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayovr/Flash90

The Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon will move some of its patients and treatment rooms to underground bomb shelters.
The children’s wards, premature baby unit, and maternity unit will all be moved to underground shelters as a precaution against a possible missile strike on the hospital. In addition, oncology and dialysis patients will receive their treatments in the shelters. Hospital officials told Reshet Bet that depending on further developments in the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza, other units may also be relocated.
A planned project to build a fortified emergency room at the Barzilai center was delayed in the past over objections by ultra-Orthodox Jews who violently protested against the construction work that required relocating ancient graves, thought to be Jewish.