Pakistan and Chinese Universities launch another unprecedented initiative
Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Center on Traditional Chinese Medicine (SPCCTCM) was launched respectively in the Hunan University of Medicine in Huaihua China and the University of Karachi.
According to China Economic Net (CEN), the SPCCTCM will further strengthen cooperation between the iron brothers on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and benefit the people of the two nations. It will carry out various cooperation, including the R&D of medicines and healthy and nutritious foods, education, medical treatment, academic and cultural exchange, and industrial cooperation.
As TCM played an irreplaceable role in the fight against COVID-19,China has shared efficient TCM prescriptions and clinical experiences with over 80 countries and regions including Pakistan.Chinese government and enterprises also donated TCM products to foreign countries, for example, an enterprise from Hunan Province, China has donated medicines to University of Karachi in 2020.
“We hope that SPCCTCM will promote TCM in Pakistan and bring tangible benefits to Pakistanis,” said Wang Qiong, the vice director of SPCCTCM, professor of Institute of Food Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, who has been engaged in China-Pakistan cooperation and exchanges on TCM for many years. According to Wang, SPCCTCM will integrate a team of experts in the fields of traditional medicine from China and Pakistan, to carry out R&D of herbal medicines, including cultivation of medicinal plants, botanical identification, phytochemistry, quality control, efficacy and safety evaluation and clinical trial. They will also promote the registration of herbal plants and herbal products in China and Pakistan.
Wang told CEN, long before the launch of SPCCTCM, Liu Xinmin, Co-Director of SPCCTCM, a professor of Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional Medicine, WHO had cooperated with Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, a scientist and the Chairman of the Pakistani PM’s Taskforce on Science and Technology on TCM, and Prof. Iqbal, Director of ICCBS, University of Karachi. Their cooperation included R&D and academic exchanges. During two decades of’ cooperation.