Expecting more rocket fire, Soroka Hospital moves preemies to bomb shelters

Facing the possibility of an extended war with Gaza, Soroka Hospital in Beersheba has taken steps to protect its most vulnerable patients from rocket attacks.

The hospital has moved its entire neonatal intensive care unit for premature babies to its bomb-proof areas. Some 20 preemies are currently hospitalized in the unit.

“Based on past experience, we prefer to move the babies at our initiative and safely” than under pressure of rocket sirens, Dr. Agi Golan, head of the hospital’s Neonatology Department, says in a statement.

Soroka Hospital staff moving premature babies to rocket-proof areas in the facility, August 9, 2018. (Soroka Medical Center)

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