Chinese boost for maternal health, child care

Albert Chavhunduka

Albert Chavhunduka

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has received a donation of medical equipment and materials worth thousands of dollars from China through the Zimbabwe-China Cooperation.

The donation made to Parirenyatwa hospital’s newly refurbished Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Centre, is part of efforts to bolster maternal health care and promote the use of Chinese traditional medicines to treat diseases.

Through the Zimbabwe-China Cooperation, the China Medical Team is currently running two projects in the country namely, China’s Maternal and Child Health Care Innovation project as well as the Chinese Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture talent training project in Zimbabwe.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, head of the China Medical Team in Zimbabwe, Dr Zhu Wei said the donation made to the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Centre was meant to benefit local people by offering free medical consultation and treatment.

“Today, we donate some medical equipment and materials to the Centre for Acupuncture Treatment for the local people. We provide high-quality medical services for you and hope to solve your health problems. So feel free to come if you have any health problems and if you want to learn traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture,” said Dr Zhu.

Dr Zhu said the donated health materials and equipment were meant to promote the early diagnosis of maternal and child diseases which would further be complimented by the use of Chinese traditional medicines.

“Throughout the world, especially in the developing countries, there is an increasing concern and interest in maternal and child health care. With China’s maternal and child health care innovation project, we hope to make early diagnosis of maternal and child diseases by providing necessary testing equipment,” said Dr Zhu.

“How then do we intervene when an early diagnosis is made? We do that with the compliment of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, which means you now have more options,” he added

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Clinical Director Dr Tsitsi Magure thanked the government of China for the medical supplies donated to the hospital.

“Cervical cancer is the leading disease affecting women in Zimbabwe and it is also the leading cause of cancer in Zimbabwe. Screening is one of the interventions that is in short supply to prevent cervical cancer and prevent deaths from cervical cancer. So we would like to thank the Republic of China for this timely donation. It will go a long way in preventing women from dying from cervical cancer,” said Dr Magure.

Part of the medical equipment and materials donated to the hospital include an electronic acupuncture treatment instrument, 50 boxes of acupuncture needles, 12 boxes of Care HPV kits, Disposable Sterilised Cervical Samplers, Disposable Cell Filter Collector, Cell Preserving Solution and disposable cervical brushes.

Cervical cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer amongst women in Zimbabwe and accounts for about a third of all cancers in the country.

According to the HPV Centre, current estimates indicate that every year 3043 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1976 die from the disease every year.

In 2020, the Ministry of Health and Child Care signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health Commission of China to boost cooperation in the field of traditional systems of medicine and acupuncture.

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