Mr. Kim asked the military medic to stabilize the supply of medicine amid Covid-19

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on May 15 chaired an emergency meeting, asking the military to stabilize the supply of drugs in Pyongyang when the Covid-19 outbreak broke out.

North Korea last week admitted for the first time that it was facing an “explosive” Covid-19 wave, in which experts expressed concern that the country, with its limited medical facilities and underdeveloped vaccination program, can be severely affected.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chairs a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea on the response to the Covid-19 epidemic on May 12.  Photo: Reuters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chairs a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea on the response to the Covid-19 epidemic on May 12. Image: Reuters.

At an emergency meeting of the Politburo yesterday, Mr. Kim criticized the “irresponsible” working attitude and weak organization and management ability of the cabinet as well as the public health sector, state news agency. country KCNA news.

The government has ordered the distribution of stockpiles of medicine, but Mr Kim believes that the medicine has not reached the people in a timely and accurate manner through pharmacies.

The North Korean leader ordered the deployment of a “strong” military medical force to “immediately stabilize the drug supply in Pyongyang”.

On the same day, Kim also visited pharmacies located near the Taedong River in Pyongyang to learn about the supply and operation of drugs. The North Korean leader commented that pharmacies are not well equipped to carry out their functions smoothly, there are no proper medicine storage areas other than the display counters and the sales staff are not dressed. suitable hygiene.

North Korea on May 15 reported 392,920 new cases of fever symptoms, of which eight died, but the country did not state how many suspected cases had tested positive for Covid-19.

Vu Hoang (Theo Reuters)

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