HICARE invites 14 doctors and nurses from South Korea for training in Hiroshima

by Kyoji Matsumoto, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE) has invited 14 doctors and nurses from South Korea to take part in training in Hiroshima, from September 29 to October 1, on current practices in radiation medicine. HICARE was founded by Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and other organizations.

On the first day, the group visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Naka Ward to see the exhibits, including a panoramic model of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the A-bombing and a charred lunchbox, and recognized the magnitude of the devastation caused by the blast. During the training sessions on September 30 and October 1, city officials will explain the relief measures for A-bomb survivors, and medical experts will describe such situations as the medical assistance being given to the victims of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear power plant.

Kim Hyun-mi, 54, a nurse at the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science in Seoul, said, “South Korea has many nuclear power plants, too. There is a risk that people could become radiation victims due to terrorist attacks or for other reasons. I would like to learn from the experience of Hiroshima and make use of this in our work.”

HICARE began receiving trainees from overseas in 1991. Including those in the current training group, a total of 434 people from 18 countries have undergone HICARE training.

(Originally published on September 30, 2014)