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Korea (North): DPRK Strives to Prevent Spread of Bird Flu VrusUnder Direction of State Emergency Anti-Epidemic Committee.


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was striving to prevent the spread of bird flu virus H5N1, the official KCNA news agency reported on May 20 Monday. More than 1,360 veterinary epidemic control teams were working throughout the country to monitor poultry and the movement of wild birds, the KCNA said. Measures like providing intensive hygienic information to inhabitants, as well as quarantining fowl, duck, pigeon and other domestic poultry, had been taken, it said. Preventive measures against H7N9 virus had also been taken under the direction of the State Emergency Anti-epidemic Committee, it said.
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Korea (North): Doctors Go On Strike in Protest of Gov't Policy


Seoul: Thousands of doctors staged a 1-day strike March 10 Monday in protest of the government's plan to introduce a new medical system, partly causing inconveniences to patients across the country. The massive walkout by doctors, the first of its kind in 14 years, involves medical clinics, and interns and resident physicians working in hospitals around the country. "We oppose the government's plan to allow remote medical examinations and treatment, as well as for-profit hospitals, and can no longer stand the country's wrong health insurance and medical systems," the Korean Medical Association (KMA,) which represents 100,000 doctors around
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Korea (North): Prank Emergency Callers Will Be Punished, Police Warns


Seoul: Prank 112 emergency calls are punishable under the law governing minor offenses, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency warned on April 1, Tuesday. A spokesman said, "Police have to be dispatched to the scene of a reported crime even if the call is later revealed to be false. This is a serious issue because it wastes police efforts and may prevent people who are genuinely in need from getting immediate help." Prank calls will be punished with a fine or criminal prosecution for obstructing official business, he added.
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Korea (North): Control Tower to be Set-up to Manage Future Disasters


Public distrust of the government has grown considerably over the past couple of weeks over its handling of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster. To more effectively deal with future crises, President Park Geun-hye announced on April 29 that a new ministry would be launched under the purview of the prime minister's office. This new body will serve as a control tower in the event of an emergency. “The new national safety division will create an emergency response team. It will conduct safety drills to prepare for man-made and natural disasters that could cause immense damage to human life and property. The team will remain on stand-by 24 hours
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Korea (North): Vital Moments Wasted during Rescue


For nearly 1 hour, hundreds of students were waiting to be rescued from the ferry Sewol after the first distress call was sent, but the precious “golden time”, when significant rescue efforts could have been made was wasted, according to video clips retrieved from the mobile phones of the teenagers. On top of the irresponsible captain Lee Joon-seok, the Coast Guard’s inept initial response is further enraging many people who believe that many more people could have been saved if the Coast Guard had reacted more efficiently and swiftly.
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