Thursday, April 26, 2007

1950s Ob/Gyn Care Makes Comeback In South Korea

South Korea is helping bolster North Korea's nightmare regimeteaching the communist state the workings of a free-market economy:

SEOUL (AFP) - Doctors from South and North Korea began working together on Thursday at a hospital inside the Kaesong joint industrial complex just north of the border, officials said.

It was the first time doctors from the two nations have worked together at the same hospital since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, Yonhap news agency said.


A South Korean group called Green Doctors established emergency medical services in January 2005 at Kaesong, a Seoul-funded industrial estate which employs mainly North Korean workers.

The group has since then provided free medical services for about 20,000 workers from South and North Korea and plans to open a general hospital at Kaesong by early 2008.

The South will handle surgery, dental work and internal diseases, while the North will specialise in eye care, Oriental medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology.


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