May 8 - A South Korean charity group says patients in North Korea are suffering from a multi-drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis which requires continuous medical aid. Sarah Sheffer reports.
The Eugenebell Foundation, a South Korean charity, says patients in North Korea are suffering from a multi-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis. The group sent over 600,000 USD worth of tuberculosis medicine to North Korea late last March. Chariman Steven Linton said aid must continue despite the tense political situation during a news conference Wednesday. The shipment was the first humanitarian aid by a South Korean entity after President Park Geun-hye took office in Seoul three months ago. The organization says they cannot determine the exact number of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients due to limited access to the country. They can only handle about 500 patients a year. The charity group has offered food aid to the North since 1995 officially and started to provide tuberculosis medicines from 1997. They make regular trips twice a year to check up on eight medical centres in North Korea, despite political tension on the Korean peninsula. The news conference came after a delegation made a trip to track their drug shipment and check patients.