Case spike Covid-19 keep going crazy North Korea overwhelmed the country’s hospitals.
Authorities have stationed medical students in Pyongyang City to help hospitals, but the death toll is still rising.
Meanwhile, a Pyongyang resident said doctors in North Korea were unable to treat Covid-19 quickly. This is due to the attitude of North Korea which ‘denies’ the existence of the corona virus in the country.
“As a result, some of the elderly and people with chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, who were infected with Omicron, died because they did not receive appropriate treatment,” the source told Radio Free Asia.
“Not only that, some people die from side effects of medicines they buy independently without the right prescription,” continued the source.
The source also said North Korea had declared a state of emergency and placed doctors in the city’s hospitals, including placing medical students.
People in the city must also undergo intensive examination. They should have their temperature checked and report abnormal symptoms twice a day.
Not only that, the demand for fever-reducing drugs and antibiotics has also soared. Many people go to several pharmacies to get acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and amoxicillin.
Residents Fill Hospitals Before the Government Recognizes Covid Cases
People in Hamhung City, South Hamgyong province, had filled the hospital days before the government recognized the first case of Covid-19, a medical source there said.
“There are provincial and municipal hospitals, as well as health institutions and facilities in Hamhung City. But in the city hospital, they only have a few beds with inadequate medical equipment and facilities, even inexperienced doctors,” said the second source.
“I’m afraid they can handle that. I’m very happy if the government gets help from the United Nations or drugs made in South Korea, which are effective and safe,” he said.
North Korea alone has detected 2.2 million cases of fever, with 65 people dying. However, it is unclear how many of the fever cases were Covid-19 cases.