Opening of a traditional Chinese medicine center at Parirenyatwa hospital
The Zimbabwe-China Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, the first of its kind to open in the country, was inaugurated in the capital Harare on Friday.
Speaking via a videoconference platform at the official opening of the Parirenyatwa Hospital Cluster Center, Zimbabwe’s Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Welfare Constantino Chiwenga said the new center would complement Zimbabwe’s health system.
“Experience has shown that including traditional Chinese medicine in a healthcare protocol improves patient outcomes. pain, ”he said.
“I am therefore convinced that the new facilities here at the hospital will radically improve the quality of services and infrastructure for patients and staff both in the immediate future and in the years to come,” Chiwenga said.
Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun said the opening of the center marked a new chapter in health sector cooperation between China and Zimbabwe.
Guo said the cooperation between the two countries in the field of public health demonstrates the mutual desire to promote the China-Africa community of shared destiny between the two sides.
“As part of building a common health community for China and Africa, China and Zimbabwe will campaign to strengthen cooperation in health and take full advantage of the unique benefits of TCM,” he said. he declared via a videoconferencing platform.
Guo said that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, both sides have managed to complete the construction of the center successfully.
“This is another result of our joint efforts to promote the health of the Zimbabwean people and has shown the determination of the Chinese and Zimbabwean people to strengthen cooperation in health and fight COVID-19 together,” he said. -he declares.
Guo said that in the future, the center will become a TCM medical institution with full diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
Speaking to the media, the director of pathology services at the Ministry of Health, Maxwell Hove, said the opening of the clinic was a very important development for Zimbabwe’s health system.
“It’s a very important development for us that we have a place where our patients can relieve their pain without being operated on, without resorting to invasive procedures. Even though we have a drug shortage, a drug pain reliever shortage, we know there is another place they can go and relieve their pain, ”he said.
In an interview with Xinhua, the director of traditional complementary and integrative medicine at the Ministry of Health, Onias Ndoro, said that China’s traditional health care system offers valuable lessons in Zimbabwe.
“We are already trying to standardize our traditional medicine practices and products, so this is an opportunity for us to learn and improve our practices,” Ndoro said.
The creation of the new TCM center follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between China and Zimbabwe on cooperation in the field of TCM and acupuncture.
Zimbabwe and China share a long history of cooperation in the health sector. Since 1985, China has sent 17 medical teams to Zimbabwe.