South Koreans help southerners heal

UNIFIL South Korean medic performing medical checkup.

UNIFIL’s South Korean battalion provides medical services to the local population at Chebriha twice a month at the town’s municipality centre.

Captain Ko Young-Jin, the physician on duty, attending to an elder from Chebriha.

The South Korean Battalion distribute around twenty types of medicine at an estimated cost of 1,000 USD per day.

South Korean medic registering young patients at the municipality centre in Chebriha.

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22 Oct 2014

South Koreans help southerners heal

Monday morning, 29 September, a team from UNIFIL's South Korean battalion heads to Chebriha southern town in order to provide medical services to the local population, at the town municipality centre.

Fatima, a lady patient from town, assures that the South Korean medical team has helped the townspeople a lot. "The nearest dispensary is in Tyre," she said while explaining how expensive it is in general to enjoy a decent medical care.

Amal, a Syrian refugee who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure said that she avails from the medical care provided by the South Korean battalion. "I am taking the medication they gave me and it has been quite efficient," she said.

On Monday, she came for a regular check-up. The South Korean nurse monitored her pulse, blood pressure and then the physician asked her to keep on taking the medicine as prescribed. Afterwards, she headed to the medicine station where another team sorted out the medicine according to the doctor's prescription and wrote down any details required about the drugs that were administered.

For her part, Samaher comes to the clinic once or twice a month. "Thank God, they treat us very well. We find medicine for our children and ourselves, for the flu and other regular issues..."

Zeinab resorts to the South Korean medical team which provides her with patches for her back. She thanked the South Korean peacekeepers for the service that they are providing and pointed out how much medicine in Lebanon is expensive in general.

According to Captain Ko Young-Jin, the physician on duty, most people visiting the clinic have diabetes, high blood pressure and common cold. ROKBATT provides around twenty types of medicine, at an estimated cost of 1,000 USD per day.

UNIFIL's South Korean Battalion provides medical service twice a month in each of the four other southern towns falling in its area of operation, Borgholiyeh, Tayr Debba, Borj Rahhal and Abbassiyeh.