Govt in effort to promote traditional medicines

HARARE - Government is seeking ways to ensure that traditional medicines, once frowned upon by many, are used in the country’s wobbly health delivery system.

Health minister David Parirenyatwa, on Wednesday, visited Wellbeing Clinic in Harare.

Parirenyatwa was accompanied by the chairperson of the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe, Shungu Munyati and acting director of traditional medicine Onias Ndoro.

Their discussions focused on how science and traditional medicines can be used together.

The clinic is one of traditional medical practitioner Newton Mudzingwa’s 11 clinics in and outside of Zimbabwe.

Mudzingwa claims to have cured diseases including cancer, asthma, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, back pain, among other disease using herbs.

“We have been writing and trying to engage the ministry for seven years, but no progress had been made. Also we have been trying to have discussions with the National Aids Council but they told us that it was against the ministry’s guidelines. We are glad we have had the chance to meet with you,” Mudzingwa told Parirenyatwa during their meeting.

He said he had also opened clinics in Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana which are specialising in herbal products.

“We would like to see some of your records, the demographics so that it can help us in doing research, as evidence of your work.

“We are also interested in knowing how you know that the person has been cured or healed, so that when we promote it we know what we are promoting,” Munyati said.

Parirenyatwa said government was interested in making traditional medicine work hand in hand with science.

“We want traditional medicine to develop here; we should find ways of working together.

“We should encourage it as a country. And we need to make it work parallel with science,” Parirenyatwa said.

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