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Malaysia and China signs MoU on traditional medicine development

The Malaysian and Chinese governments had signed a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the further development of the traditional medicine industry.

In his speech, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the MoU will allow Malaysia to leverage and gain from the experience and expertise of traditional medicine practitioners from China. 

He said the Health Ministry (KKM) is committed to developing the traditional and complementary medicine industry with the aim to integrate it with modern medicine in an effort to boost the health and quality of life of all Malaysians.

“To achieve this vision, the traditional and complementary medicine industry will be professionalised to ensure services of traditional and complementary medicine are safe, of quality, and accessible to all,” he said.

“The MoU will encourage, facilitate and promote cooperation between the two countries in the aspect of practices, raw materials and products, education, training as well as research.”

Source: CNA

“The ministry hopes that an effective communication network can be further strengthened to allow exchange of technical, scientific and monitoring information to facilitate the drawing up of policies and strategies so that services and products used are safe and effective.”

Khairy said the Belt and Road Initiative by China has managed to elevate regional relations and become a platform where improvements in outbreak control, preventive and intervention methods, and healthcare training are shared between neighbouring nations. 

He said the MoU was not just an important initiative by both governments in the field of traditional medicine, but also a testament to the close relations that Malaysia and China have enjoyed for years.

The last MoU related to traditional medicine was signed between the two countries in November 2011 and had lapsed last year following a 10-year period.

The hybrid event was also attended by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the High Commissioner of China to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing, and the commissioner of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr Yu Wen Ming.


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