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The Vice President of Zimbabwe, Constantino Chiwenga, on Friday, announced the inauguration of the Zimbabwe-China Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Centre in the South African country.

The Centre is the first of its kind in the country, Chiwenga who doubles as Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health and Child Care said while speaking through a video conference platform at the official opening of the centre at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

Chiwenga said that the new centre would complement Zimbabwe’s health care system.

“Experience has shown that the medicine in a health care protocol improves outcome for patients.

“The medicine can provide good support to patients, who suffer from some conditions, particularly those that are chronic and degenerative; for example, low back pain,’’ he said.

“I am, therefore, confident that the new facilities at the hospital will improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients and staff both in the immediate future and in the years to come.’’

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, said the opening of the centre marks a new chapter of cooperation in the health sector between China and Zimbabwe.

Shaochun said cooperation between the two countries in the field of public health demonstrates the mutual desire to promote the China-Africa community with a shared future between the two sides.

“Under the framework of building a community of common health for both China and Africa, China and Zimbabwe will be campaigning to strengthen cooperation on health and give full play to the unique advantages of TCM,’’ he said through a video conference platform.

Shaochun said in spite of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides managed to complete construction of the centre successfully.

“This is another outcome of our joint efforts to promote the health of Zimbabwean people and has shown the determination of Chinese and Zimbabwean people to enhance health cooperation and to fight against COVID-19 together,’’ he said.

Shaochun said in the future, the centre will become a TCM medical institution with full diagnosis and treatment capacities.

Speaking to the media, Director of Pathological Services in the Ministry of Health, Maxwell Hove said the opening of the clinic was a very important development for Zimbabwe’s healthcare system.

“This is a very important development for us, that we have a place where our patients can have their pain relieved without being operated and without going into invasive procedures.

“Even if we have a shortage of medicine and a shortage of analgesic pharmaceuticals, then we know there is an alternative place where we can go and have the pain relieved,’’ Hove said.

Director for Traditional Complementary and Integrative Medicine in the ministry, Onias Ndoro, said China’s traditional health care system provides valuable lessons to Zimbabwe.

“We are already in the process of trying to standardise our traditional medicine practices and products.

“So, this is an opportunity for us to learn and improve our practices,’’ Ndoro said.

The establishment of the new TCM centre follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between China and Zimbabwe on cooperation in the field of TCM and acupuncture.

Zimbabwe and China share a long history of cooperation in the health sector since 1985 through which China has dispatched 17 medical teams to Zimbabwe.

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Kenya’s COVID-19 Cases Rise to 46,144 With 497 New Infections

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Kenya’s ministry of health has announced 497 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the last 24 hours.

The new infections bring total confirmed cases in the East African nation to 46,144.

In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the latest cases are from a sample size of 4,888, bringing the number of cumulative tests done in the country to date to 632,669.

“Currently, there are 27 patints in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

“A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on home-based isolation care,” he added.

Kagwe said that from the latest cases, 471 are Kenyans while 26 are foreigners.

The youngest case is of a one-year-old while the oldest is 88, with 295 being male and 202 being female.

At the same time, recoveries have increased to 32,760 after 238 patients tested negative in the last 24 hours.

Of this number, 170 patients are from the home-based care programme while 68 have been discharged from various hospitals in the country.

On the other hand, fatalities have risen to 858 following the death of 16 patients over the last 24 hours.

Nairobi leads with 227 of the new cases, followed by Machakos (64), Mombasa (51), Uasin Gishu (37), Laikipia (28), Busia (19), Kajiado (11) and Embu (10).

Other cases were registered in Nakuru (9), Wajir (7), Kiambu (6), Kilifi (6), Kisumu (4), Nyeri (4), Makueni (3), Elgeyo Marakwet (2), Meru (2), Kisii (2) and Turkana (2). Narok, Homa Bay and Kakamega registered a case each.

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Nigeria Reports 37 New COVID-19 Infections

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Thirty-seven new Coronavirus infections have been reported across Nigeria with no COVID-19-related deaths in eight states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official website on Wednesday.

The NCDC, however, said that 183 patients were discharged after testing negative to the virus across the country.

With the new update, the tally of infected people in the country rose to 61,667.

According to data obtained from its website, eight of the new cases were recorded in the FCT, seven in Lagos, five cases each in Taraba and Rivers.

While Adamawa recorded four cases, Kaduna had three, Anambra and Osun reported two cases each and Ogun confirmed one case.

The agency said that Nigeria had tested 595,283 persons since the first confirmed case was announced on 27 February, 2020.

According to the health agency, as of October 21, 2020, 56,880 cases have been discharged and 1,125 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

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COVID-19: Namibia Receives 10,000 Masks Donated By China

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The Namibian government on Wednesday received 10,000 face masks from the Chinese embassy to help the country’s customs and border officials ward off the spread of COVID-19.

Yang Jun, political counselor at the Chinese mission said “this is one of the many donations the Chinese people and different Chinese companies have contributed to Namibia”.

Yang, while handing over the consignment to Namibian Ministry of Finance officials said China, which has managed to control the virus, is firmly committed to working with other countries to combat COVID-19.

Francois Brandt, deputy executive director at the Namibian Ministry of Finance, thanked China for the donation.

“These masks will be distributed to our customs officials at the borders as well as countrywide. The donation comes at a very opportune time and will assist us significantly.’’

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