North Korea plans to open Pyongyang General Hospital next year to mark the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong-un’s rule

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pyongyang General Hospital held on March 17 last year, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, reported. At the groundbreaking ceremony that day, Chairman Kim himself opened the first shovel and pressed the blasting button. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

It is reported that the North Korean authorities are planning an event to open the Pyongyang General Hospital early next year. It is analyzed that the opening ceremony was held to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the succession of power to Chairman Kim Jong-un to highlight the love of the people.

According to a high-ranking source inside Daily NK on the 6th, on the 20th of last month, the Central Party issued instructions related to the preparations for the opening of Pyongyang General Hospital to related organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A specific opening date has not been set, but it is likely to be held between January and April next year. This is because the opening event was planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Chairman Kim’s rule.

In this regard, Chairman Kim was appointed first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea on April 11, 2012, a year after his father Kim Jong-il’s death in December 2011 and officially succeeded in power.

According to the source, the North Korean authorities set the opening ceremony of Pyongyang General Hospital early next year to highlight the achievements of Chairman Kim, who is celebrating his 10th year in office, and to publicize that it is a gift from the supreme leader for the people.

Currently, at the construction site of the Pyongyang General Hospital, one technical battalion of the 1st Brigade, which receives direct instructions from the Central Party, is stationed and is carrying out repair work.

At Pyongyang General Hospital, the building exterior and landscaping work had already been completed at the end of last year, but the interior interior and medical equipment installation work has not progressed.

At the groundbreaking ceremony for Pyongyang General Hospital on March 17, last year, Chairman Kim emphasized that “we must stand together as one person to unconditionally finish the construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital by the 75th anniversary of the founding of the party (October 10).”

However, last year, Kim’s orders were not implemented due to border blockades and trade controls, restoration work from floods, and foreign currency crisis.

Chairman Kim also criticized the delay in the completion of Pyongyang General Hospital in the presence of high-ranking party officials, but the reason he did not punish those involved is because Chairman Kim is also aware of the current situation in which construction is bound to be delayed, the source said.

However, it is known that Chairman Kim was furious and executed the person involved when the Ministry of Foreign Economic Affairs reported in April that he was trying to import Chinese-made equipment rather than European-made medical equipment. (▶Shortcut to related article: “Executive execution of Chinese medical equipment import contract at Pyongyang General Hospital”)

Therefore, it is said that the representatives of trade institutions and diplomatic workers dispatched overseas are running all over the place to import medical equipment produced in Europe.

However, given the current budget and opening date, it is impossible to install all medical facilities at Pyongyang General Hospital with European products, so inside sources believe that some Chinese medical facilities will also be included.

In the midst of this, there are also observations that even if Pyongyang General Hospital opens early next year, it will be difficult to start full operation.

“Since the site of Pyongyang General Hospital is quite large, it is impossible to complete all facilities by early next year,” a source said.

Source: DailyNK by

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