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Seoul to open new hospital, job training school in Afghanistan

All Headlines 16:26 April 05, 2010

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will open a new hospital and a vocational training center in Afghanistan this week, part of its direct and humanitarian assistance for the war-torn nation, the foreign ministry said Monday.

A ceremony will be held in Bagram, where both the hospital and training center are located, on Sunday (local time), to mark the opening of the facilities, according to ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun.

The hospital, equipped with two operation rooms and 30 beds, will be able to treat an average of 150 patients a day while also providing medical vocational training to local students, the ministry said in a press release.

The hospital, as well as its 71-member staff, will become part of Seoul's Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) when the civilian-led assistance group is established later this year.

The vocational training center will provide job training in five areas, including construction, automobile and computers.

South Korean officials attending the upcoming ceremony will include Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Yong-joon and other officials from Seoul's aid organization, Korea International Cooperation Agency, the ministry said.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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