The nationwide telemedicine service system, which was launched 11 years ago in the DPRK, now proves effective in the public health sector.
“Thanks to the telemedicine service, patients in local hospitals receive medical care from competent medical staff of central hospitals. In addition, the quality of overall medical service and the performance of health workers have markedly been improved,” said Kim Myong Ho, an official of the Ministry of Public Health.
In recent years alone, thousands of people from across the country including Ryanggang and North Hamgyong provinces have benefited from the telemedicine service.
Among them were the most serious cases including those who suffered from acute arterial block, cerebral troubles and heart diseases.
A resident of Phyongsan County, North Hwanghae Province, found out in time a disease he had not known through a consultation with doctors of Pyongyang’s Kim Man Yu Hospital at the county people’s hospital with the help of telemedicine service and could have treatment.
“In the past, I couldn’t walk properly due to pain in my legs. But I got better as I received help from the medical workers of a central hospital in Pyongyang through the telemedicine service,” said Kim Song Jin living in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province.
Amid active telemedicine services, medical workers in different parts of the country have markedly improved their abilities.
The telemedicine service system provides terminal medical units across the country, which are involved in the system, with latest medical science and technology, and the training course officiated by health workers of central hospitals offers a good opportunity to improve the practical abilities of medical workers of hospitals in each province, city and county.
According to the director of the Hwangju County People’s Hospital in North Hwanghae Province, regular technical courses and operation guidance provided by medical workers of central hospitals have reduced the dispatch rate of patients to upper hospitals by 50 percent.