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Namibia embraces China’s Traditional Medicine



By Daniel Itai on newsofthesouth.com

Windhoek, Namibia. (News of The South) – The Chinese government seeks to further expand cooperation in Namibia’s health sector and explore cooperation in the specialist clinical services such as neurology.

Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming said China was pondering on the establishment of sister hospitals between the two countries as well as providing more opportunities in training and scholarships for Namibian specialists.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Chinese medical team which has been in Namibia since 2018 managed to administer Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to over 20 000 patients during their tenure at the Chinese Acupuncture Department of Katutura State Hospital as well as other facilities in the country.

“Their efforts were welcomed by the patients, especially the elderly who upon hearing of TCM’s effectiveness, often opted for TCM rather than modern medication,” said Mwadina Shiweda, acting chief medical superintendent of Katutura State Hospital.

Ben Nangombe, Namibia’s Executive Director of Health also welcomed the cooperation between the two countries, citing that 90 percent of Namibia’s public health care is dependent on partnerships.

The first health agreement between China and Namibia was signed in 1996 and the specific protocol for acupuncture services was started in 2010.

“So far the Namibian nation has benefited greatly from the Chinese acupuncture services and it is one of the services that are highly in demand among Namibians,” said the Chinese ambassador.

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