Experts from China will soon be coming to Malawi for technical assistance in the extraction and processing of traditional medicines which have become the Ministry of Health’s fresh focus in combating some ailments.
The development follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Ministry of Health and the Chinese government signed at the ministry’s headquarters in Lilongwe yesterday.
Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said Malawi will benefit from Chinese expertise in herbal medicines which has benefited its citizenry as well as other African countries.
“The partnership is going to benefit us a lot because Chinese people are very advanced and have extensive experience in the field of traditional medicine. The historic achievements they have registered in the field cannot be underestimated,” he said.
Kumpalume also said the collaboration provides an opportunity for Malawi to develop and expand research, manufacturing, regulation and patenting of indigenous knowledge which has remained a big challenge for a long time.
Chinese Deputy Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission Wang Guogiang said China has a lot of experts in traditional medicines who will soon be coming to Malawi to work with local practitioners.
He said through traditional medicines, China has been able to eradicate some diseases such as malaria which is one of the highest killer diseases in Africa.
“Our experts are extremely good and once they come to Malawi, we should expect a very big change such as the one China has seen through the same traditional medicines,” said Guogiang.