Hundreds of villagers on Tuesday flocked to Shamva for free medical diagnosis and treatment by an eleven-member Chinese medical team which has been in the country since March.

The mobile clinic was organised by Chinese gold producer, Ming Chang Sino Africa (Ming Chang), and targeted villagers in and around Shamva.

The Chinese team, led by chief of medical unit Zhang Yao, conducted brief lectures on malaria, HIV and Aids as well as first aid.

“We have been in Zimbabwe since March and we are the 20th mission on this long-standing government to government programme which has been running for 38 years now,” Zhang said.

“We are working and moving around hospitals, sometimes supporting clinics and hospitals as ordinary outpatient’s department support and sometimes we share ideas around traditional Chinese medicine while looking at opportunities to expand departments in Zimbabwe’s health system.”

Ming Chang general manager Liang Guo Du said the outreach was part of the company’s growing social responsibility portfolio which included road construction and rehabilitation.

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He said the gold producer also donated drugs and traditional medicine as well as providing transport to hundreds of villagers from Bindura and Mazowe to Shamva to receive free medical health care.

“Villages from nearby are being assisted to reach referral centres by Ming Chang and the plan is to bring the medical team back or send it to a different area so that people get free medical care.”

The outreach follows the opening of the Zimbabwe-China traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture centre at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare in 2020.

The centre was officially opened by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga.