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  • confusedsafferinkorea
  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 08, 2010, 01:02:32 pm
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40 apply to be on Ebola team
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:38:52 am »
Wow, this is so nice to read. Kudos to those people for doing this. It must be a difficult decision to make to expose yourself and perhaps even your family to this sort of risk.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/10/116_167195.html


About 40 doctors, nurses and medical staff have so far applied for the 10 civilian posts on a team to be sent to help fight the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 40 doctors, nurses and medical technicians have submitted applications since Oct. 24 ― the closing date is Nov. 7.

A ministry official told The Korea Times. "This is definitely more than expected."

In addition to the 10 civilians, 10 members of the military will make up the 20-member team.

"Some said they would even spend their own money to go to the region to volunteer and help, if they fail to make it onto the team," the official said.

"We actually need more nurses than doctors as one doctor and two to three nurses usually operate together. Their participation is much appreciated," he said.

Applicants must know about infectious diseases and have English language proficiency.

Where they will be dispatched ― Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone ― and what they do will be decided next month.

Once selected, they will get safety training, such as how to wear and take off protective clothing, under the supervision of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some experts believe that going to the Ebola-hit region will be a great opportunity for medical personnel to learn about the disease.

Yet the risk is real; there is no proven cure or vaccine for Ebola, whose mortality rate can reach 70 percent.

The ministry is preparing for a possible infection.

The most likely case is that those infected will be taken to medical facilities in the United States or Europe.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently issued stricter guidelines for medical professionals treating Ebola patients, calling for them to be fully covered with no skin exposed, undergo repeated safety training, and every single step of wearing and removing safety gear must be done under a supervisor whose responsibility is to prevent mistakes.

Safety concerns about health-care workers caring for Ebola patients are being raised in the U.S. too, as two nurses were infected after treating a Liberian man who died from it at a hospital in Dallas this month.

Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976.

More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to the World Health Organization.

There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 05:46:56 am »
Once selected, they will get safety training, such as how to wear and take off protective clothing, under the supervision of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They will be instructed to help halt the spread of Ebola by putting all their waste materials in a little plastic bucket in the restroom. :shocked:


  • confusedsafferinkorea
  • Waygook Lord

    • 5721

    • October 08, 2010, 01:02:32 pm
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Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 06:08:53 am »
Once selected, they will get safety training, such as how to wear and take off protective clothing, under the supervision of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They will be instructed to help halt the spread of Ebola by putting all their waste materials in a little plastic bucket in the restroom. :shocked:

Now, now oatmeal, that is nasty...   ;D ;D ;D
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 08:11:41 am »
Since there will be risks involved when these doctors come back, hopefully the government uses the opportunity to remind Koreans that not spitting everywhere and not washing their hands after using the bathroom are important for disease prevention.......


Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2014, 08:14:42 am »
This is great news. They are really putting themselves in danger to help people.


I do worry about these guys and gals being stigmatized when they return.
But how do I know what to lick and what not to lick?


  • orangeman
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • September 01, 2011, 09:56:35 am
    • Seoul-East Side
Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 08:19:27 am »
Since there will be risks involved when these doctors come back, hopefully the government uses the opportunity to remind Koreans that not spitting everywhere and not washing their hands after using the bathroom are important for disease prevention.......

Quick off topic anecdote related to your quote:
When swine flu was a big deal here in 2009 (I think it was) my PS at the time suddenly introduced soap in our bathrooms.  Still no hot water or paper towels/toilet paper, but at least soap.  Once the swine flu threat died down they came in and removed all the soap.  No one used it besides me, it was all still almost full.  I just found it hilarious and kind of sad at the same time.  They couldn't just leave the soap there?  They had to spend the time coming in and removing it, probably throwing it directly into the bin?  This was when they were blaming foreigners for the flu and forcing us into quarantine if we left the country and came back.  Hey Korea, start washing your hands after you stick them up your bum before you start calling anyone else 'dirty'. 

Anyway, carry on. 


  • Safrican
  • Waygookin

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    • October 16, 2012, 06:04:12 pm
    • Icheon
Re: 40 apply to be on Ebola team
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2014, 12:22:03 pm »

They will be instructed to help halt the spread of Ebola by putting all their waste materials in a little plastic bucket in the restroom. :shocked:
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Second that - I've spent some time in a much admired hospital here and the experience was appalling. Never saw surgical gloves once, this included pre-op blood tests, post op IV lines, burst IV lines, changing and removing blood catheters. Blood was once drained into the waste paper basket next to my bed, which I had to empty.

At least the struggling folks down in Africa will be reminded to take their shoes off if they climb onto a gurney.

Rant aside, still a noble gesture.