Last week, Magen David Adom’s fourth intensive care unit was inaugurated for the Druze communities in Israel, with the donation of the Friendship Foundation and the MDA Friends Association in Israel at a cost of about one million dollars. The new mobile was inaugurated in a special ceremony at the MDA station in a restaurant in the presence of the Director of the Emergency and Minorities Department at the Friendship Fund Mr. Sepoan Marih, the head of the Ein Kinya Council Mr. Vail Moghrabi, the head of the Restaurant Council Dr. Mati Avni, the Vice President of Operations at the MDA Gil Moskovitz, the Director of the Jordan Region at the MDA Oren Avitan, the CEO of the Yedidi MDA Association in Israel Orli Ariel and other senior officials.
The intensive care vehicle at the restaurant joins 3 other MDA intensive care vehicles donated by the Friendship Fund in the last two years, to Julis, Beit Jan and Delait El Carmel – the last one was inaugurated just a few weeks ago. The mobility services also serve the nearby settlements, Horfish, Faki’in, Julis, Yerka, Abu Sanan, as well as the road users in the area. The mobility provided is a historical precedent and an important and significant line for the Druze communities, and they are already proving their critical importance in shortening the response times and improving the medical response.
Since the first intensive care mobile was delivered to the Druze settlements in July 2021 – the mobiles were called to treat about 2,460 medical emergencies and saved the lives of many. With the help of the new mobility devices donated by the Foundation for Friendship through the Association of MDA Friends in Israel, MDA teams treated 1,996 heart attacks, respiratory diseases, stroke and fainting, 150 traffic accidents, 16 mothers were evacuated to the hospitals and other emergencies.
Dozens of employees and volunteers, paramedics, medics, and teenagers work at the MDA stations in the restaurant, in Daliit El Carmel, in Beit Jan, and in Julis. In the near future, more members of the communities will be trained to volunteer and save lives in the intensive care mobiles donated by the Friendship Foundation.
“A month ago, when I was at home, I fell and suffered a cardiac arrest.” says Issam Shopi (63), a resident of Majdal Shams, “The MDA team from the station here in the village came to me and saved my life with electric shocks and took me to the hospital with an MDA helicopter. I had a cardiac arrest and now I’m on my feet, God willing. Those who came to treat me were MDA teams from Majdal Shams and a restaurant. I want to thank you very much, you saved my life and did an amazing job – I salute you. I was told that I was almost finished, thanks to you who got to me first in a few minutes – I am alive today.’
Director of the Emergency and Minorities Department at the Friendship Fund, Sepoan Merih: “The fourth mobile delivered today to the MDA station at the restaurant is the end of a historic move, in cooperation with MDA, whose goal is first and foremost to save lives. The mobile joins the three mobiles that were delivered to Carmel, the Galilee and the Golan Heights and which have already saved many lives and prove every day how necessary they are. I am proud of the foundation’s ability to reduce gaps in the social and geographic periphery and thank our donors from all over the world, thanks to whom the foundation succeeds in its mission to help the citizens of Israel.”
The head of the Restaurant local council, Dr. Mati Avni: “We thank the MDA and the Friendship Foundation for promoting this important step, for the residents of Restaurant and the nearby settlements. The local council restaurant sees saving lives as the first priority. The new mobile is an extremely important donation that will help the paramedics and paramedics at the MDA station in the restaurant to save lives.’
The CEO of the Friends of MDA Association in Israel, Orly Ariel: “Today we completed the deployment of mobility from Dalit to Carmel in Carmel to a restaurant in the north of the Golan Heights – a historic move by the Friendship Foundation in collaboration with MDA with the aim of significantly improving pre-hospital medicine in the Druze sector. As part of the continued cooperation, the Friendship Foundation approved the training of over 100 new medics from the settlements in the sector in order to increase the manpower at the stations. Now Magen David Adom has the ability to provide an advanced service by financing intensive care mobility and their operation – thus saving lives. “
Director of the Jordan Region of the MDA Oren Avitan: “I thank the Friendship Fund for the important cooperation for the residents of the region. The new mobile will help the MDA teams in the Jordan area to provide a fast and advanced response and thus provide medical care in the most professional manner to the remote settlements.’
Vice President of Operations at MDA, Gil Moskovitz: “We are happy to complete today the deployment of MDA’s intensive care mobility in Druze communities with the assistance of the Friendship Fund and the MDA Friends Association in Israel. The upgrade of MDA’s medical service in the periphery will shorten the response times, and will improve the functioning of the rescue chain that begins at the moment of treatment, through the arrival of the helicopter in the event of a need for a helicopter evacuation, until the patient’s arrival at the hospital.’
CEO of MDA, Eli Bin: “The long-standing cooperation with the Friendship Fund helps to strengthen the strength of Magen David Adom for the benefit of the security and health of the residents of the State of Israel by helping to expand the deployment of mobile intensive care units in the north of the country and placing hundreds of defibrillators in public places. The intensive care mobile that we inaugurated today joins the intensive care mobiles already operating in the area, helping to shorten the arrival times of MDA teams and enabling our paramedics to provide a wider range of treatments for complex and complicated emergency situations for the citizens of the State of Israel.”