Share Korea’s knowhow in how our hospitals have responded to COVID-19 and our diagnostic capabilities to test for coronavirus
The Ministry of Science and ICT (hereinafter “MSIT”) pledged to provide total USD 300,000 in contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (hereinafter “IAEA”) in an attempt to contribute to mitigating the global COVID-19 crisis.
MSIT also said it would transfer the expertise and technological capabilities of Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences and Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in response to COVID-19 to the IAEA member states.
This plan is a follow-up measure taken at the request of IAEA members in developing countries affected by coronavirus asking for help in the form of special contributions from major member states including Korea.
* a total of 119 countries are asking for support from IAEA (a total of 119 countries as of May 11, from the IAEA website)
In order to share its successful experiences in containing the COVID-19 outbreak in the Northeastern part of Seoul, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences under MSIT, MSIT will train healthcare workers and public officials in the field of healthcare in developing countries on the topics of ccontrolling the access to hospitals, ▲how to operate its own screening stations and ▲ how to run its own clinics without the risk for infections. The healthcare workers and public officials will either be invited or dispatched for the training program.
※ total two groups can be operated, with respective groups consisting of seven members including doctors, nurses and medical engineers
In addition, MSIT plans to train healthcare workers from developing countries on how to utilize Computed Tomography scanners(CT) for diagnosing and detecting lung diseases arising from coronavirus infections.
Besides, healthcare workers from developing countries will learn the standardized sterilization system (e.g. dose and frequency of radiation) about personal protective equipments (e.g. surgical masks and gloves), radiation by making use of sterilization equipment of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute.
※ Further consultations will be made with IAEA on the detailed implementation plan such as selecting the countries for receiving training and thus be finalized.
Minister of Science and ICT Choi Kiyoung explained that “the measures taken effect by Korea to contain the outbreak, even at grave risk amid COVID-19 crisis, have become the global best practice. This makes Korea’s national status higher than ever before.”
Minister Choi added that “providing contributions to countries in need and implementing follow-up projects will be very helpful for Korea to expand its role in the global community as a responsible member state, in line with our improved national status.”
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