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The North Korea Tuberculosis Problem Is Getting Worse، And The United States Is To Blame

Tuesday 17/July/2018 - 10:56 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Tuberculosis is the biggest public health problem in North Korea، and the United States is playing a part in making the issue grow worse instead of solving it، as the Technical Times said.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly attacks a person's lungs. North Korea has one of the world's highest rates of tuberculosis infection outside sub-Saharan Africa، with over 110،000 people infected each year and thousands dying from the disease.

The United States Is Making Tuberculosis In North Korea Worse
Dr. O Yong Il، the chief of the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory of North Korea، is hoping that a machine will help deal with the tuberculosis problem in North Korea. GeneXpert، the U.S.-made machine that took years to acquire، will allow his laboratory to complete tuberculosis tests in just two hours، dramatically shortening the current wait of two months.

Unfortunately، GeneXpert requires cartridges to run، which have become impossible to acquire from the United States due to the international sanctions on North Korea that have been championed by the Trump administration. This has prevented not just the GeneXpert cartridges، but also other lifesaving medicine and supplies for tuberculosis patients from entering North Korea.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS، Tuberculosis and Malaria also recently pulled the plug on its grants to North Korea، a move that has perplexed humanitarian workers and medical researchers working in the country. The Global Fund said that it was North Korea's "unique operating environment" that forced it to stop the grants.

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