Several times have been told that there is a problem with the military's management of soldiers who show suspected coronavirus symptoms or have been on vacation. There were reports of poor lunchboxes and quarantine in a frozen building in the middle of winter. This time, an army soldier reported that they were covered in mold and quarantined from cockroaches.
Reporter Ha Jeong-yeon.
Walls and ceilings covered with mold. The walls were even full of moss.
There are cracks all over the place, and the floor tiles are broken all over the place, so it looks like an abandoned house.
This is where an army unit in Gangwon-do isolates returnees on vacation.
[Containment soldier (reporter): There are still cockroaches coming out. I don't have a desk, so I eat it on the floor when I receive it.]
The light in the washroom is also broken, and when I wash it, I have to rely on the dimly lit corridor light.
[Isolated soldier (reporter): When entering the washroom, the light is on only outside the corridor, and the washroom is completely out of electricity. It's just like people in camps doing that… .] I
only closed the beds with vinyl, but I am wondering if there will be a containment effect.
[Chun Eun-mi/Professor of Respiratory Internal Medicine, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital: You don't know who is infected. If you share a bathroom or sink, it's not a quarantine facility. You can leave all of the droplets there.]
Even though it has already been more than a year since the outbreak of the coronavirus, problems are constantly rising in the dining and space for insulators, so it is bound to be criticized for what they have done in the meantime.
[Bang Hye-rin / Military Human Rights Center Counseling Team Leader: The Ministry of National Defense synthesizes these things that have some shortcomings in the front line unit... Shouldn't we come up with other things that can be used in cooperation with local governments?] The
Army explained that it would improve the inconvenience by taking a closer look at the difficult situation of the frontline units.
(Video coverage: Kim Se-kyung, video editing: Jeong Seong-hun)