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S. Korea to help modernize Laos' medical service, education

2016/09/09 18:09

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and its top university have agreed to provide support for modernizing medical services and education provided by their counterparts in Laos, the Seoul government said Friday.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation was signed by the Seoul National University and Laos' state-run medical college, under which the South Korean school's medical college and hospital will provide their Laotian counterparts with various support, including free training programs, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a summit between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Laotian counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith. Park is currently on a visit to Laos for the G20 summit.

Under the new agreement, the Seoul National University's college of medicine and university hospital will invite school faculty and hospital staff from their Laotian counterparts for free training programs here, while they will also dispatch their medical personnel to work as special medical advisors in Laos.

In a separate MOU signed by the countries' health ministries, the South Korean government also agreed to provide support for developing Laos' medical sector, as well as enhancing the country's disease control and prevention capabilities.

Meanwhile, the government said it has invited four Laotian children to South Korea for free medical treatment of their physical disabilities or injuries that is currently unavailable in Laos.

The four included a boy who suffered severe bite wounds to his face by a dog, the ministry said.

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