North Korea revealed on Friday that hundreds of families have been diagnosed with undiagnosed intestinal disease, putting pressure on the healthcare system already plagued by Govt-19.
The country unveiled a new “severe intestinal infection” in southern Hwanghe province this week. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged authorities to “control the epidemic quickly.”
The leader is the sister of Kim Yoo Jong, a member of a group of senior officials who reportedly donated drugs to help. The drug will be given to “more than 800 families affected by the outbreak of severe epidemics in some parts of southern Hwange province.”
Statistics show that at least 1600 people are affected by intestinal disease.
It is speculated that the unspecified disease may be cholera or typhoid. As southern Hwanghe province is one of North Korea’s main agricultural areas, the eruption will exacerbate the country’s chronic food shortages.
One of the worst health systems in the world
Experts warn that the spread of Govt-19 could lead to a major public health emergency in the north, one of the worst health care systems in the world. Hospitals in the country do not have adequate facilities, some intensive care units and the Covit-19 drug or mass testing capacity.
Pyongyang The first cases of Govt-19 were announced last month And the implementation of the “Maximum Emergency Prevention System”. Nevertheless, the virus has reached 25 million unvaccinated, and more than 4.5 million “flu” and 73 deaths, according to data released by state media to date.
North Korea has offered to help deal with the new outbreak by sending vaccines and other aid, but Pyongyang has not officially responded.