French health minister visits Israel


Tel Aviv – 31 March 2016
1. France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine and entourage visiting Ichilov hospital’s parking lot, which is equipped to be turned into an emergency room in case of a chemical attack
2. Head of Ichilov Hospital’s emergency room, Dr Pini Halperin, talking to Touraine UPSOUND (English) “You have electricity, air conditioning; it’s fully protected from chemical attacks because it’s positive pressure filtered air. So you can lockdown and actually function during a chemical attack.”
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Marisol Touraine, French Health Minister:
“I came here to Tel Aviv, to Israel, to strengthen the cooperation between Israel and France on health care and, in particular, in case of terror attacks. I’m happy about this morning’s discussions with the (Israeli) Health Minister, this afternoon, at Ichilov Hospital. We’ll set up a cooperation between France and Israel to learn from the Israeli experience. France, as you know, was the victim of a dramatic terror attack at the end of last year; and we need to work, to think about the best way to prepare our hospitals in case of new attacks.”
4. Ronni Gamzu, Ichilov Hospital’s CEO, talking to Touraine UPSOUND (English) “The MRI’s and the CT scans are, on our regulations, must be in a protected space.”
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Marisol Touraine, French Health Minister:
“I’ve also had the chance – together with the (Israeli Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman) – to call for a cooperation on the training of health care professionals in order to facilitate the exchange between our countries, among health care professionals from our two countries.”
6. Touraine touring parking lot at Ichilov
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Marisol Touraine, French Health Minister:
“This is not about replicating a country’s experience in France. Israel has its own culture and organisation, its professional experience that’s not necessarily ours. But we French – who have excellent health care, excellent hospitals – are certainly going to benefit from the organisation of systems. I’m very interested in visiting Ichilov Hospital here, this parking lot that can very quickly be transformed into a hospital that can host 700 beds in case of a massive attack.”
8. Various of Touraine and her entourage at meeting with Israeli public health care personnel
9. Touraine and entourage leaving Ichilov parking lot
10. Exterior shot of Ichilov hospital
France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine met with Israeli health care professionals on Thursday to learn from the country’s experience in dealing with militant attacks.
Touraine toured Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital whose parking lot can be transformed into an emergency room and host up to 700 beds in case of a chemical attack.
She also met with the Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and the pair set up an agreement in order that French health care professionals could learn from their Israeli counterparts in responding to crises resulting from attacks.
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