Medical service resumes at reopened inter-Korean industrial zone

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean medical service team has gotten back to work at a reopened joint inter-Korean industrial park after a five-month hiatus triggered by escalating tensions between the two Koreas, a hospital official said Wednesday.

Paik Hospital, a general hospital, pulled its 10-person medical team out of the industrial park in the North Korean city of Kaesong in early April amid the North's continued denial of entries by South Korean workers and vehicles into the industrial zone.

The hospital started providing the service in January, mainly catering to South Koreans working in the zone but also providing emergency medical service for North Korean employees.

"Three personnel, including a doctor, a nurse and an administrator, have been staying at the Kaesong Industrial Complex since Monday to provide medical service for South Korean workers," the hospital official said in a phone interview with Yonhap News Agency.

"We are preparing to add an additional number of medical workers when the complex becomes fully operational next month," the official said.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex, located some 60 kilometers northwest of Seoul, began its trial-run production on Monday, as was agreed upon by the two Koreas in August.

Of the 123 South Korean firms operating factories at the zone, 90 have started trial operations.

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