Medical Activity 2020 Emergency Response to Kyushu Heavy Rains

Heavy rains that hit Kyushu on July 4, 2020 caused flooding in Kumamoto Prefecture. A large number of people were injured, sick and evacuated. In addition to the sudden disaster, there was also concern about a new type of coronavirus infection, and people were anxious about evacuating to shelters. Our mission is to protect the health and lives of the victims of the disaster in Ashikita-town, Kumamoto, and to support the rebuilding of medical institutions and reduce the burden on the medical staff.

<2020 Kyushu Heavy Rains LATEST UPDATE>
Period: July 5-25, 2020
Place: Ashikita-town, Kumamoto prefecture JAPAN
Members: Total of 21 – Doctors (10), Nurse(6), Pharmacist(1), Paramedic(1), Logistician (3)

2020.07.25 Our medical support activities are finished today. Thanks to the support of many companies and people, we were able to complete our activities for about two weeks safely. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.
 We dispatched a medical team to the affected clinics to assist in/outpatients. We also provided medical supplies and equipment to medical institutions and welfare facilities for the elderly in the Ashikita area. We will continue to solicit donations so that we can keep on contributing to the reconstruction of the affected areas. We look forward to your continued cooperation.
The director of Takemoto clinic and a HuMA doctor discuss the issue of nurse shortages.

2020.07.24 We provided medical support at Takemoto Clinic. Our disaster relief activity will end tomorrow. We visited the relevant organizations and handed out our exit report describing our activities and proposals.

2020.07.23 We have delivered items purchased with your donations and donated by companies to medical institutions, shelters and facilities in need. Medical supplies such as masks, hand rubbing alcohol, goggles and gowns are not always easy to find. In some cases, as a medical team, we may be able to arrange them quickly.

2020.07.22 More than 50 patients came to the Takemoto Clinic today. There was also an emergency transport. HuMA nurse was also in charge of the night shift at another hospital.
A HuMA doctor carries out emergency transportation for the patient whose symptoms have worsened at home. After hospitalization, the patient recovered consciousness successfully.

2020.07.21 At Takemoto Clinic, we are treating various disaster-related diseases. In addition, there are many patients who wish to continue prescribing in the affected hospitals and clinics, and we are supporting more patients than usual. There is a serious shortage of nurses, so HuMA nurses have been helping out in the wards. (Photo: HuMA members and patients at Takemoto Clinic)

2020.07.20 It was a hot day, as opposed to the rain we have been worried. We had a lot of heat stroke patients. (Photo: We visited doctors’ offices and evacuation centers to provide relief supplies. Thank you for your donations!)

2020.07.19 In the disastrous area, some medical staff are still unable to come to work because the road is not open yet. Many patients come to a clinic even on Sundays, and so HuMA make up for the shortage of full-time medical staff.

2020.07.18 Thanks for your donations, we have delivered the necessary supplies to the medical institutions that are responding to the many victims of the disaster. There are still some medical facilities that have not been able to receive the supplies. We hope that you will continue to favor us with your support.

2020.07.17 Treated elderly patients with severe bedsores and examined patients who need a detailed ultrasound examination. Although the hospital has less staff and medical equipment than usual, the number of patients is increasing.

2020.07.16 We are running out of supplies, including alcohol disinfection. We continue to support the hospital with our ingenuity. (Photo: HuMA doctor is treating hospitalized patients with bedsores.)

2020.07.15 HuMA medical team is supporting the flood affected medical institutions in Kumamoto prefecture. Doctor, nurse and pharmacist are working together with their skills. (Photo: HuMA nurse helped with bathing.)

2020.07.14 The river water is still not fully receding and there are still traces of flooding.
In Takemoto clinic, the equipment in the medical institution was submerged or washed away, and we are continuing to treat patients with what is left. Despite concerns about the possibility of the coronavirus COVID-19 infection, there is no alcohol disinfection. The hospital director is running around the neighborhood and looking for it.
HuMA will use the donated funds to deliver the necessary materials and equipment. We would appreciate your support.

2020.07.13 While the director of Takemoto clinic was cleaning up, we provided medical support at the clinic.
Patients came in one after another. There were patients who had suffered heat stroke during the cleanup and were brought to the clinic by ambulance, and others who were in danger of death. We dealt with many patients, including one who had suffered anaphylaxis.

2020.07.12 We will start providing full-scale medical support in a private clinic from July 13. Takemoto Clinic is one of the few clinics in the affected area that has resumed medical care. Despite the increase in outpatient visits, the staff has not been able to take a break. HuMA doctors, nurses and pharmacists arrived on site.

2020.07.11 We continued to visit medical facilities and donated masks. Thank you for your heartwarming donations!

2020.07.10 We visited shelters and medical facilities and donated masks. There are many clinics that were affected by the flooded river. However, they have continued to provide medical care for the community.

2020.07.09 We have sent an assessment team to Kumamoto.

2020.07.06 We posted notices in the shelters about infection control. We are assisting shelter managers and public health nurses in answering questions by email.

2020.07.05 Thank you for your prompt donations. We have purchased 10,000 masks. We will deliver them to the shelter soon.


HuMA has been sending medical and logistic experts to provide human and material support.

In Ashikita Town, 11 of the 13 medical institutions were flooded, putting the region’s medical care on the brink. Two of the 11 medical institutions (Takemoto Clinic and Miyajima Clinic) have partially resumed medical treatment, but are busy working on the rebuilding process.

Some local medical staff are still unable to come to work because the road is not open yet. So HuMA make up for the shortage of full-time medical staff. Our disaster relief is ongoing; Please cooperate with us!

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