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Kim Jong Un Visits Medical Oxygen Factory

Kim Jong Un tours the recently constructed medical oxygen factory in the Pyongyang suburbs in a photograph which appeared on the top-center of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un tours the recently constructed medical oxygen factory in the Pyongyang suburbs in a photograph which appeared on the top-center of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on September 15 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the recently constructed Medical Oxygen Factory.  Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman and Supreme People’s Assembly Speaker (chairman) Choe Thae Bok (Choe T’ae-pok), WPK Department deputy director Kang Pong Hun (Kang Pong-hun) and State Affairs Commission Design Department Director Ma Won Chun (Ma Wo’n-chun).
Jong Un toured the factory and was briefed about its construction and eventual operations, “satisfied with everything” and he noted “that an integrated production system has been well established at the factory, every production process is fully equipped with modern and facilities and it has a car for delivering medical oxygen.”
Kim Jong Un tours the Medical Oxygen Factory. Also in attendance (left) is WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education, WPK Political Bureau Member and Supreme People's Assembly Speaker (chairman) Ch'oe T'ae-pok (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un tours the Medical Oxygen Factory. Also in attendance (left) is WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education, WPK Political Bureau Member and Supreme People’s Assembly Speaker (chairman) Ch’oe T’ae-pok (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Whilst “recalling his instruction that an oxygen supply station should be built for hospitals to get media oxygen without any inconvenience,” he said the “station is flawless in aspects of architectural beauty, convenience and utility.  It is pleasant to see oxygen cyllinders standing in rows at the station, each bearing a name of the hospital to be supplied.  The Factory is a small yet big one as it is greatly conducive to the protection of people’s lives and improvement of their health.”  He issued instructions about the factory’s work and an instruction that “such modern medical oxygen production bases should be built in different parts of the country on the basis of the achievements made in its construction.”
Kim Jong Un visits a recently constructed medical oxygen factory in photographs which appear on the bottom left of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un visits a recently constructed medical oxygen factory in photographs which appear on the bottom left of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

Jong Un said that “when the factory begins its production to supply quality oxygen treatment for treatment, people will get a great benefit from it.  It is needed to make our people feel the advantages of the socialist system through such social benefits as the socialist health care system.  There are many things for us to do, but we attach primary attention to the public health service, because it represents the socialist system and is a very important work to give full play to the advantages of our socialist healthcare system, the only system in the world through which the Party and the state take care of the people’s lives and health with responsibility.”
Kim Jong Un's tour and a view of the premises of a medical oxygen factory in photographs which appear on the bottom right of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un’s tour and a view of the premises of a medical oxygen factory in photographs which appear on the bottom right of the front page of the September 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un concluding his visit to the recently constructed Medical Oxygen Factory. Tagged in the photo is a member of Jong Un's close security escort (Photo: Korean Central Television)

Kim Jong Un concluding his visit to the recently constructed Medical Oxygen Factory. Tagged in the photo is a member of Jong Un’s close security escort (Photo: Korean Central Television)

Kim Jong Un stressed “the need to direct sustained efforts to consolidating the material and technical foundations of health service in order to make the country’s healthcare system the most popular and advanced one of world level.”  He expressed his belief “that the officials and employees of the factory would fully discharge their honorable duty with  firm will to contribute to the people’s health improvement.”

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