Information and response shortfall in shelters after the Earthquake in Kumamoto: The nursing perspective

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<p>This paper addresses and illustrates shortfalls in information sharing and responses for public health issues in shelters and the affected areas after the Kumamoto Earthquake of April 16, 2016. Drawn from situation reports published by the Japanese Cabinet Office and major newspaper companies, analysis of these various reports within 1 month of this natural disaster revealed chaotic situations in evacuation centers. Despite the availability of consultations regarding health problems and living conditions provided by various organizations, health assessment and public health surveillance were slow and unsystematic, especially in their application to vulnerable groups that required population study and high-risk approaches for health. Furthermore, overall health response management tended to overlook the problems that existed outside of shelters. What is needed is more efficient information-sharing methods and a system that enables reasonably rapid responses to health problems and population care during the acute phase and issues requiring long-term care.</p>

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  • Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing

    Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing 4(1), 74-79, 2017

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005767397
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA12675032
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    2188-2053
  • NDL Article ID
    028109829
  • NDL Call No.
    Z76-A827
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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