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SDF nurses sent to Osaka as virus surge overwhelms facilities

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Good for the SDF. Japan is very lucky to have Defense Forces well trained, equipped and willing to help citizens in emergency situations.

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Thank you SDF and all front line medical workers risking their health and even their lives in the ongoing battles. Heroes each and all.

Too bad the pandemic deniers and pooh-poohers continue to contribute to the problems medical workers must contend with.

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More taxes being used to cover this ill-thought out and poorly executed Go To Campaign.

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Good for the SDF. Japan is very lucky to have Defense Forces well trained, equipped and willing to help citizens in emergency situations.

Absolutely! Good thing Abe didn't change the constitution or they would all be MIA somewhere. Keep them here where we need them and their professionalism in dealing with everything from pandemics to natural disasters. Salute!

Thank you SDF and all front line medical workers risking their health and even their lives in the ongoing battles.

Hear! Hear! And on top of that so many of them now getting flack for being potential corona carriers even when they are out there risking their lives and even their families lives to save strangers and do their jobs.

Heroes each and all.*

More than that. They're superheroes. In the US now, they actually have their own Marvel superhero comic! And they deserve it!

Too bad the pandemic deniers and pooh-poohers continue to contribute to the problems medical workers must contend with.

Oh man, I hear you LOUD AND CLEAR! Well said!

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2 nurses, and 1 to each hospital. What is an associate nurse ? Does it mean she does paperwork or make beds ?

And 2 weeks ? 1st day training and 2 days rest leaves 11active days at best but in practical terms it will be more trouble for the home team than assistance. All window dressing again. Sending half of the doctors and nurses from the SDF that might really help

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Thank you for your service SDF

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When the SDF comes in you know this pandemic is getting real seriously while in Tokyo .....

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A few days ago, a former SDF officer, now an LDP politician was really angry about these nurses being sent to Hokkaido and Osaka. He said they are not "benriya" he stated. The type of company that will come to your house and do all sorts of jobs.

Yes they are, you stupid fool. They are here to help the people of Japan! Whether it is helping rescue people, defend the borders, help in medical crisis's.

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Being of a skeptical bent, it's very difficult for me to trust the policies of the politicians in charge of handling this pandemic. Throughout Japanese history one egregious characteristic trait of Japanese rulers, bosses and officialdom in general is an extreme reluctance to admit they ever made a mistake, i.e., GoTo Travel (or Trouble?). So are the Covid chickens now about to come home to roost for the winter in Japan? After taking care of Godzilla and other assorted scary critters the army have been called out once more to fight a more formidable foe. Ganbatte!

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Send some to my wife hospital here please. Her floor is full of corona patients only and running on half staff. Owner has his head in the sand and nurses are seriously stressed. No one is sailing the ship! New diamondo prinessesu . No new test in 10 days!!!! She/i our kid could have it but we wouldn’t know!! Why the government don’t step in is beyond me. Where that doctor from Kobe university put him in charge plllease

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"More taxes being used to cover this ill-thought out and poorly executed Go To Campaign."

Look at that picture. State of the art medical tech, that is where Japanese taxes are going.

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I feel sorry for these nurses. This is not what they signed up for. The nurses at these wards are being forced into unpaid overtime and made to do cleaning and all kinds of extra work with reduced bonuses. I wonder if they can even take care of their own families after a shift plus the risk of infection and the stigma attached.

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i firmly salute the SDF for helping to battle this virus.

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Owner has his head in the sand and nurses are seriously stressed

Why do you let her work in the place like this, especially with the dangers of the virus?

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@ZorotoToday  10:20 am JST

Owner has his head in the sand and nurses are seriously stressed

Why do you let her work in the place like this, especially with the dangers of the virus?

Shes a nurse, if she walks away and the others follow who cares for the poor patients? She’s working out of solidarity here work mate and care for the patients. It’s called integrity! And I’m proud of her for it! Yes we are at risk but running away is a cowardly act.

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@Ribert Maes

The protocol for treating patients with the virus requires a team of two nurses dedicated to a single patient.

So, ten patients would need double the

number, 20 nurses

The use of wearing PPE also cuts into the working hours too.

That is why more than the usual number of nurses are needed...

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I just want to add that last weekend I got an email from a nurse friend of mine in one of the prefectures surrounding Tokyo whom I used to teach English to and translate some medical documents for. She was telling me that her hospital was nearly overrun and that the Corona situation there was really bad. Her father passed away from the virus. She also was saying that they are understaffed and overworked and are running out of beds, and that many other nurses in other hospitals that she knows have said the same thing. The picture she painted was pretty worrisome.

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No new test in 10 days!!!! She/i our kid could have it but we wouldn’t know!!

I am lost for words for the utter contempt of the general public by those incharge of running the show in this country. The welfare centers are the problem rather than the solution, they do everything not to test as an increase in positive cases means more work for them when they are already outstretched due to being understaffed. A 5th grade teacher in my neighbors kid elementary school tested positive and the hoken center visited the school and their verdict was that the teachers and even the kids she thought were not judged as being in close contact. Only the infected teacher and her class were told to stay at home, it beggars belief how the other teachers using the staff room, restroom, photocopy machine etc wuth this infected teacher are not close contact. It will be extreme naivety to think testing will increase. It won't, that I can bet my life on,

The numbers be what numbers regarding this virus that we see here have to be taken with a jar of salt as they are some ten times higher. I didn't believe that I will ever believe the CCP over the J-gov't because with the CCP the whole school, parents and those in their neighborhood would have been tested. Only the vaccine will be the savior and not measures because there will never be any to contain this virus here. The government doesn't take this virus seriously and that is the reality,

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A hearty hail of handclaps and thanks to the good people of the SDF.

Why do you let her work in the place like this, especially with the dangers of the virus?

I have a relative who went, as a medic, to NYC during the previous wave at the height of the infections. We were all worried, naturally, but also respected her right to get involved and her bravery to help those in danger.

I wish there were more people like Kobe's wife and my relative.

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I am lost for words for the utter contempt of the general public by those incharge of running the show in this country.

I'm not. This is exactly what I expect from those moronic racist blue bloods in Kasumi Gaseki. They are incapable of empathy. Soulless.

The welfare centers are the problem rather than the solution, they do everything not to test as an increase in positive cases means more work for them when they are already outstretched due to being understaffed.

exactly.

A 5th grade teacher in my neighbors kid elementary school tested positive and the hoken center visited the school and their verdict was that the teachers and even the kids she thought were not judged as being in close contact. Only the infected teacher and her class were told to stay at home, it beggars belief how the other teachers using the staff room, restroom, photocopy machine etc wuth this infected teacher are not close contact. It will be extreme naivety to think testing will increase. It won't, that I can bet my life on,

My son's Kindergarten had a performance last Saturday. My wife went as they only allow 1 parent in due to the virus BUT...wife took a video and sent it to me. There was my son on stage dancing and performing with about 30 other kids and not one, including my son, wore a mask. I was horrified. I never would have let him go on that day if I had known they would not be wearing masks.

The numbers be what numbers regarding this virus that we see here have to be taken with a jar of salt as they are some ten times higher.

Jar of salt. Mate, you need to own a salt mine with the numbers they are giving out.

I didn't believe that I will ever believe the CCP over the J-gov't because with the CCP the whole school, parents and those in their neighborhood would have been tested.

Incredible isn't it?

Only the vaccine will be the savior and not measures because there will never be any to contain this virus here. The government doesn't take this virus seriously and that is the reality,

absolutely.

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2 nurses, and 1 to each hospital.

And 2 weeks ? 1st day training and 2 days rest leaves 11active days at best but in practical terms it will be more trouble for the home team than assistance. All window dressing again.

Agreed... better than none but..7 SDF nurses to Osaka, 10 to Hokkaido...other countries 10 times smaller than Japan deploy hundreds..

A few days ago, a former SDF officer, now an LDP politician was really angry about these nurses being sent to Hokkaido and Osaka. He said they are not "benriya

J- taxpayer money sustain SDF and they are there to help in emergencies..just like any other country.

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And thank you GoTo Suga for creating this terrible situation. haha

11 ( +12 / -1 )

The situation is a do or die scenario

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Good luck it will be needed

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I think in Japan, we Japanese have been irritatingly far too smug about covid figures, thinking we were so much better than other nations.

I cringed at the time, and I'm still cringing now.

Its sad to see people suffering because of arrogance and ineptitude.

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thank you SDF! Japan stay strong forever!

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Look at that picture. State of the art medical tech, that is where Japanese taxes are going.

The majority of hospitals in Japan are privately-owned.

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I thank ALL medical workers, whether they are military or civilian, for the work they are doing to care for us. But that doesnt distract from the fact that the real root of this crisis is political arrogance, self-serving incompetence and paralysis, and that this is a PUBLIC HEALTH crisis. At the root of this is lack of governance and chronic underinvestment in pandemic preparedness. This could be up to and including the military, but it should be pre planned, meaningful and timely, and not a sticking plaster after the fact, to show a bunch of people scurrying around in front of the cameras looking like theyre making a huge difference, when actually all those involved have their hands tied from doing it properly and effectively. Sickening, particularly as it puts the medical workers in harm's way too.

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About 73 percent of beds reserved for patients showing serious COVID-19 symptoms are now occupied, meaning Osaka Prefecture faces an imminent risk to its capacity to treat such patients. 

There are about 90,000 beds available in Osaka Pref. Of which only 1,300 are designated for Covid patients (regardless of symptons level), of which 200 are for serious patients. The capacity problem is due more to excessive regulations, not to a real paucity of beds. Under the current guideline, healthcare officials have to treat covid as more deadly viruses such as Ebola or HIV.

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The capacity problem is due more to excessive regulations, not to a real paucity of beds

Yes, same reason why the SDF has been called in - nurses and doctors are tied by red tape and contractual obligations and I know a nurse who wanted to volunteer but couldn't for that reason. The medical staff I teach generally don't actually really think the coronavirus is that serious, about on par with influenza

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Please stop go to. Please save lives.

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The article says, 'around ten nurses...' Is the SDF's accountability so lax it can't provide an accurate number? That's pathetic, if true.

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