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South Korea to send first medical team to Salone

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 

South Korea’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday (Wednesday Nov. 26) that it will send its first team of medical workers, composed of four doctors and six nurses, to Sierra Leone next month to assist global efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

The first batch of medical workers plans to leave South Korea on December 13 for Worcestor, north of London, where the four doctors and six nurses will receive safety education, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They will leave for Sierra Leone on December 21 to receive an on-the-job training for a week at the British manned Ebola treatment center at Kerry Town, before starting medical treatment there from December 29.

South Korea said it plans to send two more medical teams composed of four doctors and six nurses each.

Sierra Leone is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported more than 15,000 Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with more than 5,000 reported deaths.