BRICS pro­motes tra­di­tional medicine Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping calls for in­ten­si­fied ex­changes, co­op­er­a­tion in health­care

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG XIAODONG in Tian­jin wangx­i­aodong@ chi­

The BRICS na­tions have pledged to strengthen the in­te­gra­tion of tra­di­tional medicine in their na­tional health­care sys­tems to im­prove ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to a dec­la­ra­tion by the five na­tions re­leased dur­ing a high-level meet­ing on Thurs­day.

“It is nec­es­sary to strengthen the in­te­gra­tion of tra­di­tional medicine in the na­tional health­care sys­tem as a valu­able means to pro­mote and en­cour­age the prac­tice, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ... of tra­di­tional medicine to im­prove the qual­ity and out­reach of health­care ser­vices,” said the dec­la­ra­tion, re­leased dur­ing the BRICS Health Min­is­ters Meet­ing and a High-Level Fo­rum on Tra­di­tional Medicine in the port city of Tian­jin.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sent a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the meet­ing.

“Tra­di­tional medicine is an im­por­tant car­rier of fine tra­di­tional cul­ture, and plays an im­por­tant role in en­cour­ag­ing

The Cus­toms and Ex­cise Depart­ment re­veals large num­bers of ele­phant tusks on Thurs­day af­ter of­fi­cers at Kwai Chung seized about 7,200 kilo­grams of ivory tusks, with an es­ti­mated mar­ket value of $72 mil­lion, on Tues­day in a con­tainer from Malaysia.

dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions to learn from each other and pro­tect peo­ple’s health,” Xi said. “I hope var­i­ous par­ties in­volved in the meet­ing will in­ten­sify ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in health and learn from each other in tra­di­tional medicine to work to­gether to cope with pub­lic health chal­lenges.”

It is the sec­ond time China has hosted such a meet­ing. The first BRICS Health Min­is­ters Meet­ing was held in Bei­jing in 2011. The five coun­tries have cho­sen pri­or­ity ar­eas for co­op­er­a­tion in the past six meet­ings, in­clud­ing in­ten­si­fy­ing health mon­i­tor­ing; re­search into tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, AIDS and malaria; and devel­op­ment and re­search into drugs, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

BRICS coun­tries — Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa — are home to a to­tal of more than 3 bil­lion peo­ple, ac­count­ing for more than 40 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, and in­te­grat­ing tra­di­tional medicine into the coun­tries’ health­care sys­tems is cru­cial for achiev­ing uni­ver­sal health­care cov­er­age, Shin Young-soo, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­gional di­rec­tor for the west­ern Pa­cific, said in a speech dur­ing the meet­ing.

Wang Guo­qiang, head of China’s State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine, said: “Health co­op­er­a­tion has been an im­por­tant part of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween BRICS na­tions.”

“Tra­di­tional medicine has played an in­dis­pens­able role in pro­tect­ing na­tional health and car­ry­ing for­ward civ­i­liza­tion, and in­ten­si­fy­ing co­op­er­a­tion in tra­di­tional medicine be­tween BRICS na­tions is of great sig­nif­i­cance to ben­e­fit­ing peo­ple world­wide,” Wang said.

Chen Kaix­ian, a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sciences who spe­cial­izes in drug re­search, said, “To cope with global health chal­lenges, such as com­mon chronic non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in­clud­ing cancer and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, and in­creas­ing med­i­cal costs, dif­fer­ent coun­tries need to in­te­grate tra­di­tional medicine into the their mod­ern med­i­cal and health­care sys­tems.

“For ex­am­ple, tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine em­pha­sizes health­care and pre­ven­tion of dis­ease, and it can also be an ef­fec­tive means to help re­duce med­i­cal costs.”

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