Mekong countries bolster cooperation in traditional medicine

The ninth meeting on traditional medicine and folk medicine in the greater Mekong basin began in Hanoi on September 5, with the participation of nearly 500 international delegates.

Vietnam is currently home to 65 public hospitals and 12,000 private clinics of traditional medicine. Each year, about 30 percent of patients are treated by traditional medicine or in combination with modern medicine.

Various activities were held during the meeting, including an exhibition on traditional medicine in Mekong countries and workshops on incentives for the sector’s development, and a showcase for traditional medicine practitioners from countries in the region to demonstrate their traditional therapies.

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