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President Moon, PM Chung Give Red Ginseng to Health Officials to Help Them Boost Immune System
Red Ginseng Known to Boost Immune System
President Moon, PM Chung Give Red Ginseng to Health Officials to Help Them Boost Immune System
  • By Choi Moon-hee
  • April 10, 2020, 15:21
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Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun (left) gives Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng to Chung Eun-kyung (center), head of the Korea Center for Disease Control, at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Sejong Government Complex on April 8. (Source: Prime Minister Chung’s Instagram page)

Following President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun has given red ginseng to public health officials as a gift, asking them to take good care of their health while striving to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

On April 8, the prime minister had lunch with Chung Eun-kyung, head of the Korea Center for Disease Control, and Kim Kang-rip, the first coordinator of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (vice health minister), at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The prime minister encouraged the health officials, who have been battling the spread of the epidemics since the first confirmed case in Korea was reported on Jan. 20. He gave Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng to them as a present. Ginseng is known to boost the immune system. The red ginseng gift was also delivered to Kwon Joon-wook, deputy head of the Korea Center for Disease Control (director of the National Health Research Institute) who was unable to attend the meeting.

Prior to this, President Moon Jae-in visited Namdaemun Market on Feb. 12 to buy red ginseng gifts and gave them to public health officials, including Chung Eun-kyung.

In fact, giving Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng as a present has increased sharply in Korea following the COVID-19 outbreak. In the absence of a cure or a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, people’s interest in human immunity has soared, with many looking to Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng, the most popular health food in Korea.

“With the spread of coronavirus infections, giving Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng as a gift has become a trend among Koreans,” a KGC official said. “Cheong Kwan Jang Red Ginseng is a health functional food which is recognized by Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety as an immune system booster."