May 23, 2020

Zimbabwe considers use of Chinese medicine against Covid-19

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Mirirai Nsingo

ZIMBABWE is considering the use of Chinese traditional medicine to contain Covid-19.

This was revealed by the country’s Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo during a briefing with the Chinese medical team that is in the country to assist in the fight against Covid-19.

Dr Moyo said, “We are considering the use of Chinese traditional medicine in our Covid-19 response.
China also used this for its response at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan. Chinese traditional medicine is very highly recommended, so we really want to follow and learn”.

Zimbabwe has 51 cases to date, four deaths and 18 recoveries, with the cumulative number of tests standing at 34 707.

Minister Moyo also said the country is facing an acute shortage of test kits and personal protective equipment.

Meanwhile the visiting 12-member team from central China’s Hunan Province brought a consignment of medical supplies including ventilators, nucleic acid testing kits, face masks and medical protective suits.

The team included experts from respiratory departments, infectious diseases departments, and the fields of intensive medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, infection control, public health and nursing.

They will share experiences in epidemic control with Zimbabweans and offer training for medics on the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19.

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