At the beginning of last week, the Ministry of Education and Health began conducting serological tests for children aged 3.12. The operating body, this time, was the IDF and specifically the Home Front Command, which recruited for the mission and set up dozens, if not hundreds, of checkpoints for children throughout the country.
The serological testing operation has received extensive media support in the past week in the headlines of all the major networks. Most of the coverage dealt with the technical failures, the long queues, the general sense of disorder that existed in the complexes and the economic costs. One issue fell under the radar – the people who were there at the front / rear and operated the complexes.
I too was drafted into the reserve at short notice of 4 days for the national operation. I was there from Sunday morning last week (there were soldiers already recruited on Thursday for preparation and execution as a service) and I saw reserve battalions coming to schools and community centers, deploying checkpoints and starting the best work they could do. There were certainly a lot of difficulties, and one could ask a lot of questions about the necessity of the current operation, but in practice there were people there who tried to give the most humane answer.
Peace of mind in the face of unbearable heat
It is important to remember, these are reservists, people who when they are not in the reserve are students, engineers, programmers, logistics people. These are people who have made a rapid shift from their day.to.day occupation, and have been required to mobilize all the patience required to work with children and parents. The event is managed by the decision makers in the various government ministries, the field work is done by their soldiers and the focus comes. They did not fail to estimate the expected amount of positives, they did not decide to recruit themselves, they did not develop the computerized system – they did provide a solution to all those difficulties that arose.
I was and saw, I saw soldiers who have infinite patience for the cries of children, for the shouts of parents. I have seen soldiers working non.stop because they see the queue out there and want to have as many children as possible. These are not people who are skilled in medical procedures with children, and you know that most children are not exactly happy to run and stab themselves with a finger. These are people who learned very quickly how to approach children, how to be patient and how to give the best service.
The heat was unbearable in many waiting points in the country, the logistics were lacking, the technical issue sometimes felt improvised and all the reviews were justified. But it is important to know who to refer to, and most importantly, it is important to know who was there to deal with all this criticism on the ground with a great deal of patience and peace of mind.