India extends medical assistance of US $1 million to North Korea
New Delhi: India has extended medical assistance worth about US $1 million to North Korea. This was in response to a request by the World Health Organization (WHO), said the Union ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Friday. The assistance comes in the form of anti-tuberculosis medicines.
The MEA said, “India is sensitive to the shortage of medical supply situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and decided to grant humanitarian assistance of USD 1 million in the form of anti-tuberculosis medicines.”
MEA added that medical help is under the aegis of an ongoing programme of anti-tuberculosis by WHO in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Atul Malhari Gotsurve, Indian ambassador to DPRK, in the presence of a WHO representative handed over the consignment of medicines to DPRK.
Additionally, although North Korea repeatedly maintains the claim that no one from the country has been infected by the novel coronavirus. However, in a recent news report by a leading daily stated that a penalty of three-month-long hard labour is imposed by North Korea for not wearing face masks.