S Korea to offer sanitizers to DPRK to help stem A/H1N1 virus

15:50, February 19, 2010      

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South Korea will send hand sanitizers to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) next Monday to help stem spread of A/H1N1 virus there, the government in Seoul said Friday.

A 27-member South Korea delegation will deliver sanitizers worth one billion won (867,000 U.S. dollars) to the DPRK via the road to the border town of Kaesong, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

The DPRK has yet to respond to the offer, the ministry said.

It is the second batch of flu-related aid to the DPRK, following the first-ever humanitarian assistance to Pyongyang from the current administration of President Lee Myung-bak late last year, when the country sent antiviral drugs for about 500,000 people.

In December last year, Pyongyang acknowledged the A/H1N1 flu outbreak in the country and accepted Seoul's offer of medical aid.

Source: Xinhua
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