Zimbabwe-China traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Centre complete

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

The first batch of twenty medical practitioners is set to undergo a course in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture after the completion of the Zimbabwe-China Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Centre in Harare.

The students who include qualified medical doctors, pharmacists and nurses, will undergo a three-month training course in traditional Chinese medicine, which they say will help them in their various medical fields.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Director Curative Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Maxwell Hove, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza thanked the Chinese government for its continued dedication to the provision of health care services to the people of Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwean practitioners will benefit from the training by broadening their skills set to include traditional Chinese medicine services such as acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. This project will also help in the understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and its implementation. Traditional Chinese medicine plays a key complementary role in the treatment of a variety of conditions such as pain, respiratory disease, neurological diseases and others,” he said.

Mr Zou Xiaoming from the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe noted, “We finally see the completion of the centre. The first team came in 1985. As an all-weather friend, China is happy to see the health and well-being of Zimbabwe. We look forward to more corporation between China and Zimbabwe in the future. United we shall conquer.”

Government and the People’s Republic of China signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of traditional medicine in 2020 which resulted in the establishment of the Zimbabwe-China Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic, which has since helped many people improve their health and well-being.