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Routine Care Biggest Hurdle After Tsunami

DETROIT (WWJ) – When the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, disaster teams rushed to treat those who were gravely injured. But in the days and weeks following the initial crisis, the largest medical challenge was not treating patients with traumatic injuries.

Providing routine care for people with a host of issues from chronic diabetes to imminent childbirth proved more challenging, says Michael Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., the director of the University of Michigan’s Japanese Family Health Program.

Recently, two of Fetters’ colleagues from the U-M-affiliated Shizuoka Family Medicine program visited the disaster zone and found a great need for their expertise.

Read about what they encountered by clicking on here.

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