An event was held at Chongjin City of North Hamgyong Province of the DPRK on October 19 to mark the Global Handwashing Day.

Present there were officials of the Ministry of Urban Management, the Grand People’s Study House, and relevant units in North Hamgyong Province, working people and schoolchildren and teachers and the representative and members of the UNICEF mission and officials of diplomatic missions of different countries here.

Speeches were made at the event.

Speakers said that millions of children are suffering pneumonia and diarrhea worldwide every year, noting that handwashing with soap emerges as an urgent issue for families as well as child care center and education, public health and public catering centers.

They underlined the need for everyone, children in particular, to know well about the method of handwashing and make it part of their life and habit.

At the end of the briefing on the importance of handwashing, the participants watched schoolchildren’s methods of handwashing and enjoyed an art performance given by them.

Prior to this event, a gravity-fed water supply establishment, which was built in Kyongwon County with cooperation of UNICEF, began its functioning with due ceremony on the occasion.

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