“I love my job because it is a worthwhile work that is linked with promotion of people’s health,” said Han Hui Ok (pictured), leader of the pill workteam of the Jangsu Koryo Medicine Pharmaceutical Factory.
As she has overfulfilled national economic quotas every year in the past 30 years since her girlhood, she is regarded as a treasure indispensable in the factory.
She entered the factory after finishing her senior middle school course in 1983 and started her career as a Koryo medicine maker.
With a quick eye for learning, she gradually improved her technical skills and was soon appointed a workteam leader.
“My experience was just not enough to keep me up to date. I realized that I had to learn constantly in order to be dedicated to my work. So I began to learn through the study-while-you-work system,” said Han.
According to her, the efficacy of Koryo medicines can be improved by mixing various herbs. And even a plant with strong toxicity can turn into an efficacious medicine by weakening its toxicity using particular processing methods.
As a result of her painstaking efforts, she acquired the ability to get a good grasp of the water content of herbs, the size of granules and the hardness of pills in time.
She also trained members of her workteam into skilled hands and produced valuable contrivances, thereby greatly contributing to the factory’s production growth.
The small crushing and granulating machine developed by her turned out to be profitable as it helped shorten the milling and drying time and ensure the correct size of herbs to be used in the production of pills.
She also developed a pill which is remarkably effective in the treatment of illnesses resulting from body chill by processing Paeonia officinalis which is known to be highly toxic.
Her strong attachment to the job and high technical skills are the very reason why Han is admired and respected by everyone.
As a workteam leader, she regards her team members as her own family members and devotes herself to them.
“Without a feeling of affection towards our own jobs, we cannot carry out our duty to the end,” she often says to them.