New TCM cen­ter to bring tra­di­tional meth­ods to Dubai

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHENG YIRAN in Bei­jing and FENG ZHIWEI in Chang­sha

A tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine cen­ter will be built in Dubai, bring­ing a new treat­ment op­tion to the Mid­dle East.

The pro­gram was jointly launched by the First Hos­pi­tal of Hu­nan Univer­sity of Chi­nese Medicine, the Xie He Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which is the only com­pre­hen­sive Chi­nese hos­pi­tal in Dubai, and Shen­zhen-based Nep­tunus Group.

The new cen­ter will tar­get Chi­nese as well as lo­cal peo­ple in the Mid­dle East. The plan is that in three to five years, 30 to 50 clin­ics will be built around the cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the three.

The First Hos­pi­tal of Hu­nan Univer­sity of Chi­nese Medicine will pro­vide skilled staff and tech­ni­cal sup­port for the pro­gram.

The Xie He Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Dubai, as an in­flu­en­tial Chi­nese hos­pi­tal in the Mid­dle East, has many de­part­ments for tra­di­tional Chi­nese and West­ern medicine di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. It will serve as the med­i­cal base for the pro­gram, while the Shen­zhen Nep­tunus Group will of­fer fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“The new cen­ter can tap into the spe­cific needs of pa­tients in the Mid­dle East, and bring about treat­ment and medicine that are suit­able for them,” said Chen Xinyu, head of the First Hos­pi­tal of Hu­nan Univer­sity of Chi­nese Medicine.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine and the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion is­sued a guide­line in Jan­uary 2017, to en­cour­age the ap­pli­ca­tion of TCM in for­eign coun­tries and share re­lated med­i­cal re­sources be­tween economies re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

To date, there are around 300,000 Chi­nese peo­ple in Dubai. Fac­ing in­creas­ing de­mand for TCM, the Xie He Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Dubai needs tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port from China, Chen said.

“With the launch of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, TCM has more mar­ket po­ten­tial in Dubai than in the US and Euro­pean coun­tries,” said Zhang Yi­dan, an an­a­lyst spe­cial­iz­ing in the med­i­cal in­dus­try at Bei­jing­based re­search com­pany Analysys.

Chi­nese peo­ple liv­ing in Dubai

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