After the malicious novel coronavirus had infiltrated its territory, the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea promptly imposed nationwide blockade,
and soon peace and stability gradually set in with the epidemic situation controlled
in a stable manner. What made such a quick recovery possible?
The major factor is that the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea has assumed direct
responsibility for the anti-epidemic war.
On May 12, the Eighth Meeting of the Political Bureau of the Eighth WPK
Central Committee was convened. At the meeting Kim Jong Un, General Secretary
of the WPK, had the Political Bureau adopt a decision on switching the state
epidemic prevention system to the top-level emergency anti-epidemic system.
Then he had a series of measures taken to promptly contain and manage the
epidemic situation and to firmly hold the strategic initiative in the anti-epidemic
campaign. He presided over the consultative meetings of the Political Bureau of the
WPK Central Committee on May 14 and 15. A meeting of the Presidium of the
Political Bureau was called on May 17, and consultative meetings of the Political
Bureau were held on May 21 and 29 under his guidance.
Within the 18 days after the top-level emergency anti-epidemic system had been
put in place, he guided six major meetings to cope with the crisis, an unprecedented
fact in the history of the WPK, which clearly shows how prompt and timely his
measures were for the lives and safety of the people.
Kim Jong Un personally visited the sites of anti-epidemic work in spite of high
risk to acquaint himself with the situation and take relevant measures, and had the
household medicines from his family sent to those experiencing difficulties. It
would also be written on a new page of the world history of anti-epidemic work.
He visited the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters to acquaint
himself with the national epidemic situation and had measures taken to implement
immediately and thoroughly the items of the decision of the Political Bureau of the
WPK Central Committee so as to take up the winning position in the campaign
proactively and definitely.
On May 15, shortly after the consultative meeting of the Political Bureau of the
WPK Central Committee, Kim Jong Un visited some pharmacies in the capital city
of Pyongyang. It was not long after the shop assistants recovered from the disease.
Despite personal risk, he approached them and familiarized himself in detail with
how medicines were supplied and stored, whether the pharmacies were open round
the clock, what kinds of medicines were in highest demand and how much they
cost. He also asked them to tell him what they thought the best treatment method
was and how they would consult those with fever. Then he saw to it that officials
put to rights the faults in the medicine supply system and take powerful measures
with regard to the transport of medicines.
The DPRK’s recovery of stability through the anti-epidemic campaign can also
be attributable to the state’s unified guidance, all the people’s voluntary unity to
keep pace with it and their displays of tenderness and human feeling.
Since the enforcement of the nationwide blockade, the Korean people have been
proactive and responsible in implementing the government’s measures including
disinfection and closure.
According to the special order of the Central Military Commission of the WPK,
nearly 3 000 medics of the Korean People’s Army were deployed in hundreds of
pharmacies in Pyongyang to conduct transport and supply of medicines. They did
not merely wait for the people to come to the pharmacies but visited the families in
their charge to provide necessary medicines and actively engage in medical
treatment, instilling in them confidence and courage. According to the data, tens of
millions of medicines of over 90 kinds were supplied in Pyongyang and other
provinces in a single day of May 24, and in early June the number increased to
more than 360 million of over 430 kinds.
Throughout the country nearly 500 rapid mobile anti-epidemic groups and rapid
diagnosis and treatment groups conducted confirmative diagnosis, transport and
treatment of the cases and other anti-epidemic work. More than a million of
medical workers and teachers and students of the medical education institutions
and hygiene activists were mobilized for treatment, examination and disinfection.
The tenderness and human feeling of helping and leading one another forward
can be said to be a major characteristic of the current anti-epidemic campaign in the
DPRK. Many people donated spare medicines, money and grains to help the
families in hardship. Some young pupils sent pharmacies medicine envelopes they
made with their own hands.
Thousands of people who retired from the public health sector and even other
ones volunteered to take part in the medical service. The volunteers also
participated in the work for stabilizing the people’s living. Nearly 10 000 mobile
service groups were organized across the country, and over 160 carts of vegetables,
foodstuffs and daily necessities were deployed in each district of Pyongyang alone.
According to mass media of the DPRK, the daily occurrence of cases with fever
continued to drop by 6.1 per cent on average from May 15, a few days after the
blockade was imposed (May 12), and as of 18:00 hours, June 9, 4 265 860 (98.068
per cent of the total cases with fever) fully recovered and 83 980 (1.93 per cent) are
under treatment.