GYEONBUK, Korea, Oct 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The Provincial Government of North Gyeongsang said that it has organized a 27-member medical volunteer group to dispatch to Vietnam. They will be sent to Quang Ninh Province in the northeast and the adjacent city of Haiphong for eight days from October 24 and 31, to administer medical treatment focusing on mothers and children. What’s unusual about the latest volunteer activity is that the team includes several Vietnamese women who settled in the province.
On the 24th, a farewell ceremony was held for the volunteers at the provincial government building, with the governor Kim Kwan-young in attendance. The main reason the provincial government picked Vietnam as the first destination to send volunteers was that as many as 4,743 Vietnamese nationals are living in the jurisdiction through marriages out of total 11,856 international-marriage immigrants. Most Vietnamese participants have worked in local multicultural centers as translators and interpreters and they will play an important role of communicating between the doctors and patients in the upcoming volunteer activity.
The medical service team will arrive on the 25th in Quang Ninh Province and begin next day medical treatment at an elementary school within the province. On the 27th, they will move to a small branch school on the boat, followed the next two days by activities in a public health center in Haiphong. All the doctors for the sojourn are from Gimcheon Public Hospital.
The Government of North Gyeongsang Province expects that the volunteer activity could be an occasion to resolve anti-Korea emotions still prevalent in the northernmost province. Provincial governor Kim Kwan-young said, “Multi-racial families are our province’s future competitive edge. I hope each and every one of the volunteers could consider herself as a diplomat representing Korea and our province and do her best to improve relationship between Vietnam and Korea while enhancing our province’s image internationally.”