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Sosong District Party Committee also working harder for taking anti-epidemic measures. (Photo RS)

State Emergency Anti-Epidemic Steps Taken in DPRK


The DPRK has intensified the state emergency anti-epidemic work to prevent the inflow and spread of COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic, and ensure well-being of the people.

In this regard, Yang Song Il, section chief of the Population Centre of the DPRK, told KCNA:

The UNFPA set the theme for this year's World Population Day (July 11) as "Putting the breaks on COVID-19: how to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now."

In January, the DPRK declared that the hygienic and anti-epidemic system would be turned into the state emergency anti-epidemic system till the danger of COVID-19 fades away and completely stopped and blocked the inflow passages of COVID-19 at the border lines, ground, sea and air before anything else.

On the "quarantine directions" issued by the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters, foreigners and returners from abroad, their contacts and those with abnormal symptoms like calorification got medical observation and treatment at the restricted areas. And the costs for their lodging and living conditions were borne by the state.

Measures were taken for wearing mask among the people in public places, ensuring the distance between each other and stopping various meetings. And hygienic information service has been conducted through newspapers, TV and other media.

Meanwhile, the vacation at educational institutions including kindergartens and primary and middle schools was extended and the operation of nurseries suspended from mid-February.

The medical institutions have activated consultative meetings through a telemedicine system and the work for reproductive health of women, including registration of pregnant women and their childbirth, has been carried on without interruption under the special care of the state.

At the 14th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea held at the beginning of this month, it was decided to further strengthen the state emergency anti-epidemic work till the danger of pandemic incoming is completely rid of.

(KCNA, July 11, 2020)

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  1. A DPRK portal Naenara has a more detailed story on the same topic as follows:

    DPRK Ensures Health and Rights of Women and Girls

    July 11 is World Population Day.

    In November last year, a meeting on the population and development was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Many agreements were made at the meeting, including the specific plans for reducing the possibly preventive mortality rate of pregnant women and nursing mothers in all countries, fully meeting the demands of women for family planning and putting an end to gender-based violence and harmful acts on women, and the action directions for the countries.

    But the worldwide COVID-19 laid serious obstacles to the work for ensuring women's reproductive health and their rights.

    In this context, the United Nations Population Fund set the theme of World Population Day as "Putting the Breaks on COVID-19: How to Safeguard the Health and Rights of Women and Girls Now?" On this occasion, the UNPF called on all countries across the world to raise awareness about the sexual and reproductive health needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls during the pandemic and make more efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030.

    The DPRK is taking positive measures to prevent COVID-19 and protect and improve the people's health and thus fully ensures women and girls' health and rights.

    According to the State measures, a non-permanent central public health committee was organized and emergency anti-epidemic headquarters were established in all provinces, cities and counties to prevent the inflow of COVID-19 through border areas.

    The State took measures to temporarily stop the operation of nursing institutions and grant holidays and temporary subsidies to the guardians of children under 5.

    Wide publicity to hygienic information has been given through the mass media to encourage all the people to participate in sterilization voluntarily and compulsorily. Various medical services are in full swing, including video conference, treatment and consultation through the telemedicine system.

    All the medical service and preventive work such as the registration of pregnant women and nursing mothers, over six rounds of consultation and treatment and preventive vaccination are being conducted in a planned way.

    The Population Centre of the DPRK published a special issue "Population Newsletter" on this occasion.

    (Naenara, July 11, 2020)

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