North Korea Makes Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Malaria

Created: 2013-05-24 09:33 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific
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North Korea's state media reported on Thursday (May 23) that it has made efforts to prevent the spread of malaria at home.

Video filmed by the North's state news agency KCNA showed North Korean officials and workers from the Ministry of Public Health, representatives and members of World Health Organization and UNICEF attending a forum at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club at Pyongyang in a bid to mark World Malaria Day.

In the video, participants delivered speeches and viewed posters of malaria prevention at the venue.

[Yonas Tegegn, World Health Organization]:
"It is my great pleasure to talk to you all today about the work on Malaria in 2013. And I express my sincere appreciation to the ministry of public health for this opportunity."

KCNA said that preventing the disease is one of the country's priorities, as it presents anti-malaria slogans for this year such as "Invest in the future" and "Defeat malaria".

KCNA said drugs and sterilized mosquito nets and clothes are supplied regularly to North Korean people working outside in evening hours.

Malaria was eradicated on the Korean peninsula about 30 years ago but re-emerged in the destitute North in the 1990s due to poor sanitation.