NK chief’s sister sends medicine to patients with new infectious disease: KCNA

(Yonhap)

Key aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including his sister, donated medicine to help people with a new infectious disease in the country’s southwestern region, official Pyongyang media reported on Friday. .

Kim Yo-jong, the leader’s younger sister who serves as deputy department director of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, and other senior officials have asked “primary Party committees in their departments to send medicines prepared by their families with sincerity to households in Haeju city and Kangryong county in South Hwanghae province, where an acute enteric outbreak has occurred,” the official Korean news agency Central reported. News Agency (KCNA).

Among them is Hyon Song-wol, the Central Committee’s deputy department director, known for her role as a conductor and delegate to the inter-Korean talks during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

Jo Yong-won, secretary for organizational affairs of the WPK Central Committee, said he would “ensure that the families of officials of Party Central Committee departments voluntarily and morally help patients relieve their discomfort and pain as soon as possible. as possible. .

Jo added that he will arrange medicine transportation for more than 800 families suffering from the infectious disease in South Hwanghae Province on Friday. The figure suggests that at least 2,000 people could be affected by the disease.

On Thursday, North Korea announced an outbreak of “acute enteric infection” in the city of Haeju, South Hwanghae Province. He did not specify which disease it is, but he seems to refer to infectious diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera, which most often result from the consumption of contaminated food or water. and feces of infected patients.

The batch of medicine donated by leader Kim earlier this week has been successfully delivered to patients in southwest Haeju City, the KCNA said.

The series of donations made by the Kim family and their top aides appear intended to assuage public woes amid growing challenges to combat the spread of coronavirus and the unidentified disease, observers here say.

Concerns have grown over the impact of the virus outbreak in the impoverished country known for its fragile health system and chronic food shortages. (Yonhap)

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