Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

Chinese hospital for traditional medicine receives about 15,000 patients daily

Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, has over the years grown in popularity in China and abroad. This treatment method is so popular that the Outpatient Department of the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine receives about 15,000 people a day and 240,000 a year. Located in Nanjing, the Jiangsu provincial headquarters in south-eastern China, the whole hospital in 2016 received over 4 million patients.

According to Dr Helen Fu, who serves with the department, Traditional Chinese Medicine treats amongst others problems with the artery, stiff neck, numbness, indigestion, hernia, stroke, stomach upsets, internal and complicated heart diseases. Dr Sun is Head of the TCM Department of the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine. The hospital is affiliated to the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. Dr Sun explains that to become a TCM Medical Doctor (General Practitioner), students undergo a five-course, followed by three years of industrial attachment. The course content is 30 per cent of orthodox medicine.

On the whole, TMC is cheaper than orthodox medical care and does not have side effects. Acupuncture, which is part of the practice, originated in China over 3,000 years ago before spreading to other nations. Prof. Wang Changqing, the Vice Chair of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine Administrative Council and the institution’s Vice President, says the university was the first in China to receive foreign students in TMC. Founded in 1954, the university today has a student enrolment of 20,000, with over 1,000 foreigners.

Amongst them is a Cameroonian, Njifack Vanessa, who is in first year. She got a Chinese scholarship after reading the language at the Yaounde Confucius Institute. The other Africans are Badrah Said Ali Mohamed from the Comoros Island, who is in third year, and a Malian in fifth year. Njifack plans to return home after training to set up practice. She will probably be aided in her quest by the more experienced Chinese TMC doctors serving in Mbalmayo in the Centre Region.


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