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Charity group officials head to N. Korea for medical aid project

North Korea 16:18 April 23, 2019

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- A charity group's delegation left for Pyongyang on Tuesday to carry out a regular on-site visit to the impoverished nation as part of its medical aid project, it said.

The 16-member group from the Eugene Bell Foundation is scheduled to visit tuberculosis treatment centers and meet with local medical staff and patients, as well as enroll new patients and deliver medication and supplies needed for the next six months.

The foundation said it also plans to assemble pre-fabricated patient wards that were shipped to North Korea last month during their visit.

"We are pleased to announce that the Eugene Bell Foundation delivered 20 patient wards to DPRK in March," it said in a statement. DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The delegation plans to leave Pyongyang on May 14.

The foundation dispatches its officials to North Korea in spring and fall every year.

In this file photo, taken on Nov. 16, 2018, Stephen Linton, head of the Eugene Bell Foundation Korea, speaks during a press conference in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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