China turns to traditional medicine  to help treat COVID-19 

Published February 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jonathan Hicap 

China has used its traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has killed 1,523 persons in the country to date.

An official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat more than half the coronavirus patients in Hubei Province, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

“Since the beginning of the outbreak, the government has attached importance to both TCM and Western medicine by mobilizing the strongest scientific research and medical forces in both fields to treat the patients,” NHC Deputy Chief Wang Hesheng said.

In addition, TCM has been used to prevent and control the virus at the community level, the report added.

“By coordinating the resources of traditional Chinese and Western medicine, we strive to improve the cure rate and reduce fatalities by the greatest possible amount to effectively safeguard the safety and health of the people,” said Wang, a member of Hubei’s provincial party committee.

According to China’s health commission, as of Feb. 14, China had 66,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,523 deaths, and 8,096 discharged patients.

On Feb. 14 alone, there were 1,641 new confirmed cases  and 143 deaths, including 139 in Hubei province, while 1,373 patients were discharged from hospitals.