Special Mobile Clinic Program to Improve Medical Response

Combat soldiers are receiving mobile medical care, customized especially for their unit’s needs

Date: 30/04/2009, 10:10 AM     Author: Sapphire Itskovitch

For the first time in the IDF (Zahal), a special mobile clinic will serve combat units in the Central Command and will provide a range of medical services, customized specifically for the unit’s needs. The initiative, called Bringing the Clinic to the Combat Soldier, began a few weeks ago and focuses on providing extensive medical care to combat soldiers throughout their service.

The purpose of the project is to improve medical care for combat soldiers, who sometimes have issues receiving medical care due to the lack of availability and accessibility of medical resources, caused by a shortage of doctors. “These days, our focus is mainly on combat soldiers,” says Commander of the Central Medical Facility, Lt. Col. David Hoogi. “The training and operational activities makes it more difficult to provide medical services.”

As a part of the program, professional teams made up of doctors, physiotherapists, lab technicians, and a group of managers will come to various units based on the recommendations of a medical officer or division who needs them. “After an evaluation conducted by the Medical Clinic Division and Commander of the Medical Clinic, we are working on tailoring the services offered by the project to what is needed most,” explains Lt. Col. Hoogi. Throughout the day, soldiers from the unit being served will receive medical care, including special medical tests, blood tests, care recommended by the company’s medic, and lectures in the field of preventive medicine. In addition, the doctor of the unit will be able to recommend a medical board meeting on the spot, if there is a need. “If there is a unit mostly of women, we will consider providing lectures by nurses on contraceptive methods,” says Lt. Col. Hoogi.

Lt. Col. Hoogi adds that giving immediate medical services contributes to the increase of motivation amongst combat soldiers and strengthens the confidence that soldiers have in their unit’s medical team. “The soldiers see that we are concerned about their health and that the medical clinic comes to them; this increases their confidence in the medical care that is offered to them.”