U.S. Plans to Send Physicians to Israel to Teach New Medical Methods

Visiting teams of American doctors will be sent by the United States Government to Israel to demonstrate new methods of medical treatment, it was indicated today by the State Department. This will be done within the program for U.S. technical assistance to Israel.

“Large-scale immigration from primitive Oriental areas, where a number of serious infectous diseases are endemic, makes aid in health and sanitation important as a basic requirement for the economic and social integration of the new population, a State Department report said. It emphasized that “Israel’s doctors, although numerous, have had little opportunity to keep up with the advances in medicine during the past 20 years.”

The report also indicated that the United States will provide antibiotics and other medical supplies for the American physicians to work with and for distribution as demonstration material.

“Because of irregular and inadequate rainfall, irrigation occupies a key role in Israel’s agricultural program,” the State Department emphasized. It pointed out that United States experience in irrigation farming, animal husbandry and agricultural methods can be shared with important benefit. “It is accordingly proposed to send experts in agriculture, livestock breeding, fishery management and fish-processing to Israel and at the same time to train selected Israelis in these skills in the United States,” the report revealed.

WILL SEND ENGINEERS, PRODUCTION EXPERTS AND OTHER SPECIALISTS

The report also disclosed that the U.S. Government plans to send to Israel engineers, production experts, public administration experts, and specialists in the fields of tax collection, bank supervision in order to help the Jewish State increase the efficiency of its governmental system “which has expanded on a largely ad hoc basis.”

“Transportation is a serious bottleneck in Israel,” the report sttesses, “and a large capital investment will be required before it will be adequate for the nation’s needs. Even without an expansion in physical facilities, however, it is believed that congestion could be relieved by a rationalization of existing services, improvements in maintenance methods and the use of better dispatching techniques. Israel needs expert engineering assistance in preparing plans for the expansion of Haifa harbor and in connection with road construction. Engineers are also required to train Israelis in power operations.

“Production experts are needed to demonstrate housing construction techniques, to develop assembly-line methods adaptable to Israel’s industry and labor, and to build pilot plants which can test the practicability of new industries. Technical assistance of this type is of particular interest to the moderate-sized private entrepreneur, who may be willing to invest in a new industry but who often cannot afford to engage in the basic research required,” the State Department asserts.

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