Amid an intensive nationwide anti-epidemic campaign to reverse the trend of spread of COVID-19 in the shortest possible period, the medical sector of the Korean People’s Army dispatched powerful forces to all the pharmacies in Pyongyang on the special order of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea to start the supply of medicines under a 24-hour service system.
Senior Party and government officials including Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Tok Hun and Pak Jong Chon, who are members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, inspected pharmacies and medicine management stations in different districts to acquaint themselves with the demand for and supply of medicines in detail.
They pointed to the need to maintain a stricter order in the keeping, management and handling of medical supplies, adhere to the principle of prioritizing the people’s demand and convenience in supply and thoroughly ensure hygienic safety of service environment.
Civil servants of the Cabinet and leading officials of government organs in all parts of the country have taken direct charge of the transport of medical supplies and provided them to relevant pharmacies, clinics and neighbourhood units, while taking practical measures to ensure that no lopsidedness is revealed in the supply of medicines and treatment of patients in all parts of the country from cities to northern mountainous areas and remote villages along the military demarcation line.
All provincial, city and county Party committees and primary Party committees and other basic Party organizations are scrupulously arranging organizational and political work for stemming the spread of the epidemic immediately and stabilize the people’s livelihood.
Given a high incidence of patients with fever in the capital city, officials of the Pyongyang municipal Party committee are taking the lead in visiting hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, food supply stores and cereal shops to take timely steps for disease screening and medical check-up, drug supply and material supply for living.
The central emergency anti-epidemic sector is endeavouring to find out all patients with fever, bring examination of those with abnormal symptoms in step with the discovery and fundamentally prevent the spread of the epidemic so as to obstruct reinfection.
Information activities are conducted dynamically through the mass media to inform people of common knowledge about stealth o mutant, scientific treatment methods and regulations on infectious disease control.
The public health sector has set up databases based on the good grasp of clinical experience, remedies, good and side effects of drugs, period of recovery, treatment methods and the like, and is working out correct tactics for treatment. It is also drawing up and releasing standard guidelines specifying the choice and use of drugs and plans for nursing according to the conditions of patients.
Amid a brisk effort to increase the ranks of medical workers, more than 11 000 officials, lecturers and students of medical worker training institutions took part in the concentrated disease screening and medical check-up and treatment for all citizens for finding out patients with fever and taking necessary steps nationwide on May 16 alone.
In keeping with the top emergency anti-epidemic situation, Koryo medicine and other pharmaceutical factories and medical appliances factories across the country are concentrating on the production of urgently needed medicines and medical consumables and boosting their output.
Different economic sectors are stepping up production and construction, while maintaining a state of tight closure according to work and production units and taking stricter epidemiological steps.