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Korean medical assessment team arrives in Freetown

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

A 12 man advance medical assessment team from Korea left Seoul on Sunday, 16th November, arrived in Freetown to support the government’s efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

The team, comprising officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Health and Defence and headed by Mr Jin-KyuJeong, the Deputy Director-General of the Development Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, is at the forefront of larger contingent of Korean doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers slated to arrive in Freetown in early December 2014 to join international effort in combating the disease.

In what has been recognized as the very first time that Korea has been involved in a humanitarian intervention of this scale in any part of the world, the advance assessment team will be assessing and evaluating urgent requirements of the government in its fight against Ebola so as to be effective in assisting in eradicating this deadly virus.

Whilst in Freetown the team will be engaging in discussions with officials of the National Ebola Response Committee, as well as the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other international healthcare organisations currently operating in the country.

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to South Korea, Omrie Michael Golley, in bidding farewell to the team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, conveyed the appreciation and sincere gratitude of the Government and people of Sierra Leone and assured them of the full cooperation of the government in successfully fulfilling their important task in the country.

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