United Hatzalah volunteers in Uman, both local and visiting, have treated 87 people for a variety of medical injuries as of Tuesday afternoon, a day before Rosh Hashanah begins. As the throngs of worshippers gathered in the city where Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is buried, numerous people were injured or suffered medical conditions that required continued treatment at the Breslov medical clinic in the city.

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Jewish pilgrims stand by a United Hatzalah location marker in Uman

Some suffered from dehydration, others fainted, fell from high places, sustained minor injuries or wounds, burns, serious cuts, and shortness of breath.

Veteran United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and Uman mission leader Nati Osteri said, “Near the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman, United Hatzalah together with Hatzolah Ukraine setup dispatch locations where teams of volunteers are stationed during the holiday. These volunteer responders will head out to any medical emergency in their vicinity and provide fast and professional care to anyone who needs it. If needed, our teams will evacuate the injured or sick person to the medical clinic that has been set up here in Uman by the Breslov community.”

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United Hatzalah ambulance in Uman

President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said, “Ahead of the holiday, our teams on the ground put up signs around the city of Uman and the compound that encapsulates the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman. These signs divide the city into smaller and more precise and noticeable locations and will allow our responders to reach those in need of medical care faster by providing them with a recognizable reference point. In case of any medical emergency, people in Uman should call the local number for our dispatch center which is 063-800-1221. This number reaches our main dispatch center in Israel, which will then dispatch the volunteers in Uman via our two-way radio system and our specialized smartphone application that we have adapted specifically for this mission.”

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Another United Hatzalah ambulance in Uman

Beer added that “According to the statistics provided by our department of volunteer affairs, we are expecting hundreds of our volunteers to be on the ground over Rosh Hashanah, and all of them will have medical equipment which the organization set up in Uman ahead of the holiday. They also have been instructed to respond with the same tenacity, professionalism, and care that they provide in Israel to anyone who needs it in Uman and the surrounding area. We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year and we hope that our services will not be needed this holiday season, but if they are, we will be ready and fully equipped to help.”