KOICA Establishes a Hospital in Oruro, Bolivia
- Improving the Quality of Healthcare Service for High-altitude Residents
Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) set the foundation for improving the quality and accessability of health care service to residents living in high-altitude by building a general hospital in the city of Oruro, Bolivia.
KOICA held a opening ceremony of the hospital on May 30. Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, Ariana Campero, the Health minister, Jungah Yu, a councilor of the Bolivia Embassy, Hyunjoon Noh, a Country Director of KOICA Bolivia Office, Bolivia government officials and local residents participated in the event.
The city of Oruro is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters and 17.7% of its local residents are engaged in mining industry. On average, 4-5 accidents occur during mining and the prevalence rate of pneumoconiosis is relatively high. Infant mortality is 82 deaths per 1,000 lives, higher than the national average of 66 deaths. Yet, the largest hospital in the city of Oruro lagged behind with outmoded medical facilities. Accessibility to medical treatment is in desperate need for all local residents.
In response to a request by the Bolivian government to construct a new hospital building, KOICA initiated the project for improving the healthcare service and ensuring the capacity of medical staffs since 2010. Up to now, we have rebuilt the hospital, supported state-of-the-art medical supplies, dispatched experts and invited officials and staffs for training programs to improve the clinical skills and high quality services.
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