11 February 2017
The wholly evacuated town of Tomioka in Fukushima Prefecture is set to have medical services available for six days a week from April in line with the central government's plan to have an evacuation order lifted in parts of the town except in a "difficult to return" zone on April 1. A municipal clinic will increase its service days from three to five, and a hospital will reopen in the town where evacuees are now allowed to temporarily stay at their homes to prepare for a permanent return.
In October last year, Tomioka Clinic opened on a limited basis, offering medical services for three days a week -- on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It will add Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April. The municipal clinic, headed by Satoshi Imamura who had his own clinic in the town before the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant, is served by a part-time doctor on the second and fourth Saturday. The duo will be joined by Akira Isaka, who heads Tomioka Central Hospital, enabling the clinic to have three doctors to see patients for five days a week.
Furthermore, Isaka will also begin seeing patients at his hospital for three days a week -- Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays -- from April 10. As a result, the town will have medical services for six days a week, except Sundays and national holidays, with the two institutions.
(Translated by Kyodo News)