Special Red Cross medical team provides services to affected communities in Nepal

Published: 9 May 2015 2:47 CET

By Okhee Kim, Korean National Red Cross

A Korean Red Cross (KRCS) special medical team is now providing vital medical services to earthquake victims in Chautara, the capital of Sindhupalchowk, which is one of the worst-affected districts in Nepal.

“We want to care for those who have no access to health services in Sindhupalchowk,” said Un Hong Cil, a world famous mountaineer and social worker who is one of the organizers of the mobile camp set up by the Korean Red Cross medical team. Un, who is also a goodwill ambassador of the Korean Red Cross, has spent a big part of his life in the Himalayas and is very familiar with the harsh environment.

“The 18 members of the medical team will move between different villages in the district until May 15, where they will then be replaced by another Korean team that will run the mobile camp for another two weeks,” said Lee Jaseung, head of the KRCS medical team.

“We are very eager to provide all the support that we can to the earthquake victims,” said Lee, adding that the Korean Red Cross is sending 3,400 hygiene kits and 9,000 blankets to Kathmandu as part of the relief operations.

Lee, who is also the Head of the Public Relations Department at Korean Red Cross explained that the team is working in coordination with the Government of Nepal as well as other international humanitarian organizations, including Nepal Red Cross Society and Norwegian Red Cross.