ZIMBABWE is making efforts to incorporate traditional Chinese medicine into the health sector, a cabinet minister has said.

In a bilateral meeting with China’s vice minister of National Health Commission, Yu Xuejun, on the sidelines of the international Inter-ministerial Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Population and Development in Victoria Falls yesterday, Health minister Douglas Mombeshora said efforts were underway to familiarise with traditional Chinese medicine.

"We had some Chinese doctors who came to practice acupuncture and some patients benefitted. We are in the process of regulating the traditional medicine practice. We would like to co-operate in all the areas and we will see how to operate so that our goals are achieved," he said.

Mombeshora applauded the Chinese nationals for the various projects they were implementing in the country, particularly in the health sector.

“I particularly commend the People’s Republic of China’s support on the construction of the National Pharmaceutical Warehouse, one of the largest warehouses in the southern African region. The project was completed and handed over to the government of Zimbabwe on the 6th of October 2022.

“The project was funded by a Chinese grant of US$22 million and is situated at the country’s second largest referral hospital, Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare,” he said.

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Speaking at the same meeting, Yu applauded the government’s commitment to continued relations between the two countries.

“China has been sending medical teams to Zimbabwe since 1985. I was humble in March this year when some members of the Chinese medical teams were awarded for their outstanding service to the country. We are looking forward to more discussions to further strengthen relations especially in the Zimbabwean health sector,” he said.

More than 30 countries are in the resort town for the conference that is set to be officially opened today by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.