Four South Korean doctors undergo training in Hiroshima at invitation of HICARE

Four medical doctors from South Korea began a training program on June 9 in Hiroshima. Invited by the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), they will stay until June 13 and learn about relief measures and current medical practices for A-bomb survivors. HICARE is an organization founded by the City of Hiroshima and Hiroshima Prefecture, among other entities.

On the first day of the program, the doctors listened to a report by city employees from the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Department on relief measures for survivors living in Japan and current support provided for those living abroad. They also visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. During their stay, they will visit the Hiroshima Red Cross and Atomic Bomb Survivors Hospital and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation and exchange views with doctors and researchers.

By the end of 2013, 415 doctors and nurses from 18 nations had participated in this program, which was launched in 1991. Jinhong Jung, 35, a specialist of radiation oncology at Kyung Hee University Medical Center in Seoul, said, “Many Korean survivors don’t know about the Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate. I would like to learn about the support given by the Japanese government.”

(Originally published on June 10, 2014)