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Korea (South): S. Korea Holds Anti-Disaster Drill Following Accidents


Seoul: South Korea conducted a nationwide anti-disaster drill on October 22 as part of efforts to better train citizens for swift evacuation in the wake of a series of deadly accidents.\r\nThe emergency drill came amid repeated calls for better safety precautions following April\'s ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people and last week\'s deadly pop concert accident.A fire drill was held on a subway train leaving Sangwolgok Station on Line 6 in northern Seoul, involving 95 citizens, including middle school students, and subway operator officials.\r\nThe drill focused on how to swiftly evacuate people and how to put the situation under c
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Korea (South): Disaster-Response Robot Nets South Korean Team $2m Prize


Pomona, California, USA: A South Korean team has won a 3-year U.S. contest to create a robot capable of helping in disaster response conditions that are unsafe for humans.\r\nTeam Kaist of Daejeon took home $2 million in prize money for its DRC-Hubo robot after the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals ended Saturday (June 06) in Pomona, California.The contest by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency started after the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, where workers couldn’t vent hydrogen from the overloaded reactors without enduring excess radiation.The 23 international teams’ robots were timed while navigat
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Korea (South): South Korea Hospitals to Monitor Emergency Room Visitors in Battle on MERS


SEOUL:  South Korea has ordered hospitals to track all emergency ward visitors, after a large outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was blamed on difficulties locating every person exposed to the disease, the health ministry said on Jun 25.\r\nMany of the 180 MERS cases in South Korea, which make up the largest outbreak of the disease outside Saudi Arabia, were caught from sufferers encountered in emergency wards before they were diagnosed, during a wait for hospital places.
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Korea (South): Emergency Room Culture is Blamed for MERS Spread


Security personnel stood guard at Seoul National University Hospital’s emergency ward on Thursday(June 27), checking visitors’ body temperature and medical histories before they entered.\r\nThe emergency room had fewer patients than before the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), but it was still hard to find people in urgent need of medical treatment. Most of the patients on Thursday(June 27) were getting intravenous injections or appeared to have slight coughs.
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Korea (South): Samsung Medical Center to Overhaul Emergency Treatment System


Seoul: When the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome swept Korea earlier this year, Samsung Medical Center was at the center of the epidemic, not as a healing center for the deadly disease, but as the source of the outbreak.\r\nIn order to avoid a repeat of the recent spread of the MERS virus, Samsung Medical Center will overhaul its emergency room treatment system, which was the main source of the MERS spread, and develop a vaccine for MERS.
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