At the Laotian village of Pak-Lay, 120 kilometres north west of Veintiane, a team of Japanese doctors and nurses have been giving medical aid to local inhabitants.
GV Japanese arriving with medical cases and medical cases being loaded to helicopter (3 shots)
Helicopter taking off (2 shots)
Medical team inside helicopter
Atrial shot from helicopter
Medical equipment taken from helicopter and loaded on the back of an elephant (2 shots)
Elephant heading to the villages
Medical team arrived at village
Team members give medical treatment to villagers (6 shots)
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Background: At the Laotian village of Pak-Lay, 120 kilometres north west of Veintiane, a team of Japanese doctors and nurses have been giving medical aid to local inhabitants.
For the past six weeks, the four-member team have been operating in this area under the auspices of the International Red Cross. Team from three other countries -- Switzerland, Great Britain and France -- are also operating in Laos under the Red Cross.
The area in whist the Japanese medical team have to work is both rugged and mountainous. And their usual form of transportation is by helicopter.
To reach the isolated village of Pak-Lay, the two nurses, doctor, and delegate travel on elephants. Pak-Lay has not received any medical help for the cast ten years.
Whenever the medical team arrives in Pak-Lay, hundreds of Laotians queue up to receive medical attention. In the past six weeks, the team has treated more than 5,000 patients.
Much of their activity is confined to giving the local inhabitants tenants injections, and vaccinations against typhoid, diphtheria and poliomyelitic. Although the team's activities are administered by the International Red Cross, the medical supplies come directly from Japan. Every six months, the team is replaced by another four-member contingent.
Like the other three teams operating under the International Red Cross, the Japanese team offers medical aid to whoever requires it.
Members of the Japanese team are:
1. Dr. Morita Takashi from Kyodo
2. Nurse Badakenaka Yoshiko from Fukui
3. Nurse Okuno Shigeyo from Kyodo
4. Delegate Ishita Seiji from Tokyo