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Korean team joins TB fight

Luke Rawalai
Friday, March 01, 2013

THE Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) and the Korean NGO, World Zero Tuberculosis Movement, will carry out a project for the fight against TB up north.

Korean Embassy trade and information officer Kim Ji-Yoon said the project, estimated to be worth $235,000, will be jointly funded by World Zero Tuberculosis (TB) Movement and KOICA.

Ms Kim said the health project would be carried out for a year and that preparatory works had begun.

The project will specifically target Rabi Island and Savusavu, known to have a higher rate of TB than the rest of Fiji.

"A team of three specialists — Dr Dal-Sun Han, Dr Sang-Jae Kim and Ms Kang Mi-Kyoung — are currently visiting Fiji to discuss details of the project," Ms Kim said.

"The program will include the provision of medical services for TB patients, the training of 60 Fijian medical staff twice over the project period and the development of a TB manual for checkups and treatment.

"The team has met Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma and paid a call on the Korean Embassy to inform them of the project."

Ms Kim said the program would benefit the people in terms of eradicating the disease and making the public aware of their roles in ensuring TB was eliminated.