Chinese traditional medicine at Zim fair

Albert Chavhunduka

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has been overwhelmingly embraced in Bulawayo at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) where the Chinese Medical Team was one of the exhibitors offering free medical treatment and services to patients.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Centre is working in partnership with Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals to introduce the use of Chinese traditional medicines and acupuncture as an alternative to conventional medicines for the treatment of various diseases and ailments.

This China Medical Team is the 19th batch of Chinese medical personnel sent to cooperate and assist Zimbabwe in the health sector.

The group is made up of a cohort of specialists from different medical fields which include Traditional Chinese Medicine specialists, a urologist, a cardiologist, a general surgeon, a respiratory specialist, a radiologist, an orthopaedic surgeon as well as an anaesthetist.

In an interview with the Review & Mail, captain of the China Medical Team Dr Zhu Wei said patients who visited their exhibition stand in Bulawayo expressed satisfaction with the treatment they received.

“Most patients who have received acupuncture treatment so far experienced instant effects. Some of them were even suggesting that we open another Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) centre here in Bulawayo. We gave some of the patients acupuncture for the first time, and returned again the following day for treatment,” said Dr Zhu.

“More than 100 people have come to consult while another 20 patients have so far received free medical treatment and acupuncture every day ever since the business conference started. They are surprised of the instant effects of acupuncture. We have used acupuncture on some patients suffering from headaches, lower back pain, knee joint pain, stomach problems and many other diseases.”

Dr Zhu Wei of the China Medical Team

Dr Zhu added that the use of Chinese traditional medicines together with other locally available traditional medicines had helped to greatly improve the health of many communities.

“People are very interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and believe in TCM as well as benefit from it. It is our wish that we provide more traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture services to those who are in need and for free. Traditional Chinese medicine and Zimbabwe’s traditional medicine have extensive areas of cooperation, which can promote common development and contribute to a healthy community,” he said.

Zimbabwe and China have enhanced their cooperation in the health sector since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

China has provided a lot of technical assistance and medical equipment which has improved greatly the country’s health sector especially in the improvement of maternal and child care and other health programmes in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is also one of the countries which have benefitted from China’s Health-Silk Road.

To date, equipment worth millions of dollars has been delivered and installed in over 90 hospitals and clinics across the country, courtesy of the US$100 million Zimbabwe-China Medical Equipment Loan Facility which was granted through the China Exim bank.

Last month, the China Medical team donated medical equipment and other materials to the country’s largest referral hospital, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals as part of efforts to bolster maternal health care as well as promoting the use of traditional Chinese medicines to cure diseases.

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