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WHO chief arrives in North Korea on rare visit

WHO chief arrives in North Korea on rare visit

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan arrived in North Korea on Monday on a rare visit to the isolated country.
The U.N. body has said Chan will spend two days in the reclusive communist country _ the first chief to go since 2001 _ to tour health facilities and meet the country's health minister.
The WHO has not provided details of Chan's itinerary, but the Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch that Chan arrived in Pyongyang on Monday.
The dispatch said the government held a reception for Chan, who arrived the same day as Red Cross and Red Crescent officials. It was not clear if the visits were connected.
The North faces chronic food shortages and has relied on outside assistance to feed much of its population since a famine believed to have killed as many as 2 million people in the 1990s.
Malnutrition, dysentery, and vitamin and iodine deficiency are believed to pose serious risks among children in the country, which also faces a shortfall of hospitals and lacks an efficient state health care system .


Updated : 2021-12-08 13:47 GMT+08:00