Ghana-China Cultural week on herbal medicine held

The Ghana-China Economic Cultural Week, 9th China Medical Team to Ghana has been held at the Amen Scientific Herbal and Alternative Hospital, Accra.

The Ghana-China Economic and Cultural week festival was organised to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the Novel Corona Virus.

The weeklong event on the theme “60 years of great friendship; building back stronger and better, a shared Ghana-China future beyond COVID-19,” was climaxed with the health event at the Amen Hospital today, Saturday, October 24, 2020.

The event was organised by Duapa Africa and co-organised by the Amen Hospital led by Dr. Sheikh Amen Bonsu.

In his welcome address, Dr. Amen Bonsu said the year 2020 has been a challenging year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

He said there have several searches for drugs to help treat the outbreak across the world.

Amen, he said has managed to develop three drugs that have been accepted as a supportive treatment for managing the coronavirus outbreak.

He said the center has achieved a lot in managing complications and offered a cure for several conditions nationwide through over 20 branches.

The hospital has also established a college to train practitioners.

He further urged the government to continue to support herbal medicine practitioners.

The support he noted would help expand the industry, create jobs and wealth.

The founder of Duapa is Mr. Musah Frimpong, who said the event was to throw light on the impact of the Ghana-China relationship on health, education, culture, arts and Tourism, Science and Technology, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He said it was to help the two countries share knowledge on how they have managed the outbreak of the coronavirus.

He stated the relationship between Ghana and China in promoting herbal medicine has deepened over the past years.

He said the stakeholders and relevant bodies needed to have a common platform to build consciences and work together on short term solutions and layout strategies to address uncertainties in the medium or long term.

Guest speaker charge d’Afffaires of the Chinese Embassy of Ghana Mr. Zhu Jing extended gratitude to the government of Ghana for the support China received in the early days of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus which claimed several lives.

He said President Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia were supportive of China during their worst stages of the covid-19.

He said the Chinese government is extremely grateful to Ghana and was also concerned about the outbreak in Ghana hence their decision to offer assistance to Ghana to manage the outbreak.

He was happy Ghana and China gave been able to manage the outbreak.

The outbreak and lockdown in China affected the economy by shrinking by 6.8% in the first quarter but by the second quarter, its rebound and grew by 3.2% and 4.9%.

He announced China is anticipating to grow bigger and the only country anticipated to achieve positive growth despite the negative impacts on the economy.

Mr. Zhu Jing who spoke via a recorded video noted that China will continue to help Ghana manage the coronavirus outbreak.

He disclosed the objective to develop a vaccine is on course and would be made accessible and affordable for developing countries.

Traditional Chinese Medicine he stated is very popular in China and has made great contributions to the health of the Chine people in preventing infectious diseases such as SARS and coronavirus.

The use of traditional medicine he added is unique and uses a systemic approach in managing conditions and has been involved in treating the outbreak.

He stressed it has positive and provided persons affected by the outbreak relief.

The Chinese medical team demonstrated ways of using traditional methods in dealing with serious complications such as severe body pains, dislocation, and other medical conditions.

Special awards and presentations of citations were presented to the CEO of Amen and other personalities who have contributed to traditional herbal practice.


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