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Himchan Hospital begins operation in Uzbekistan
  • By Shim Hyun-tai
  • Published 2020.01.16 10:45
  • Updated 2020.01.16 14:40
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Himchan Hospital, which opened a branch in Uzbekistan last year, has begun services in earnest in the central Asian country, a hospital executive said.

Baek Ji-hoon, a doctor at Himchan Hospital, examines a coxalgia patient, as Lee Su-chan, head of the hospital, looks on.

Himchan Hospital in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, opened on Nov. 25, 2019, as a semi-general hospital with orthopedics, neurosurgery, surgery, internal medicine, and neurology departments. The number of reservation patients has exceeded 300, reflecting their trust of high-quality service provided by the Korean hospital, it said.

"Korean doctors here are experiencing difficulties due to the low quality of magnetic resonance imaging and the lack of surgical instruments necessary for operating artificial joint surgery," said Seo Jeong-pill, director of Bukhara Himchan Hospital.

For example, surgery sometimes fails because medical workers cannot use hemostasis during spinal surgery as well as a brace for postoperative safety after the operation, he added. Such incomplete preoperative preparations and postoperative care are commonplace in Uzbekistan's medical reality, making medical workers’ job all the more difficult.

Bukhara Himchan Hospital is equipped with various medical equipment, supplies, and tools to improve the accuracy and success rate of surgery, as it adopts the same medical system as in Korea, Seo said.

Lee Su-chan, head of Himchan Hospital in Seoul, also said, "We will spread Korea's advanced medical techniques by increasing the success rate of surgery with elaborate preliminary inspection, precise operation, and effective rehabilitation.”

Given Uzbek people’s high preference and trust of Korean doctors, the hospital will continue to dispatch excellent doctors and focus on educating and training local medical workers to improve their service levels, Lee added.


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