Medical institutions are found in all parts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from the capital to the provinces, cities, counties and ris. Doctors take care of the health of certain households and workshops under their charge with responsibility.
They have health care charts for the inhabitants under their charge.
Health care chart is made along with the birth of a child. Recorded in it are the detailed indices such as the weight and height of a baby at the time of his or her birth and the health conditions of the baby's mother.
They serve as a basic information capable of foreseeing the likely diseases of the baby in the future and taking preventive measures.
Here is Doctor O Yong Ok at the Jungsin Polyclinic in Sosong District of Pyongyang City.
"We, doctors in charge, examine the health of the babies before their first birthdays every month and that of the 4-year-old children quarterly. We give medical checkup to the children at the age of above four twice a year and also give medical treatment to them. Sometimes, we send them to the district hospital and even to the Okryu Children's Hospital, a central hospital, according to their symptoms, for timely diagnosis and treatment of their diseases and the result is registered in their health care charts.
Besides, vaccination is given to the children after their birth according to seasons and ages and the information is recorded in their health care charts. The vaccination is compulsory in our country. Sometimes, we have an uncommon 'quarrel' with mothers as their children fail to come for vaccination in time.
Indeed, it can be said that the health care charts imply the benefits of our socialist public health system.
The health care charts get thicker and thicker along with the daily-increasing benefits of our socialist public health system."
Jo Un Ok living in Jungsin-dong, Sosong District of Pyongyang says:
"My son Hwi Ryong is two years old now. He is growing up healthily under the care of his doctor in charge. The state gives vaccination to him free of charge every time.
I am a mother, but frankly speaking, I don't know how many times my son was given vaccination and also how much the medicine costs.
Whenever thinking of the fact that my son Hwi Ryong will live under the care of the grateful socialist public health system all his life, my words fail to express my heartfelt thanks."
In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, all the medical services including the examination, vaccination and treatment are provided to the children gratis on a high level.
But it is only part of the benefits shown by the state to the children.