On the small islands off South Korea, medical care arrives one ship at a time

Islander population in rapid decline, with many residents in theirs 60s and older

Islanders see doctors from Jeonnam 511 in the village hall in Woodo on July 7, 2022. PHOTO: NYTIMES
The crew of the hospital ship Jeonnam 511 come on shore with medical gear in Woodo, South Korea, July 7, 2022. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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WOODO, South Korea - Mr Jeoung Byeong-deok remembered how ?a grateful ?old woman? waited at the pier ?so she could wave goodbye when his ship pulled ?away from the island.

“It’s the kind of thing that makes you feel proud that you are doing something good,” he said.

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