India proposes to SCO to use traditional medicine in fight against COVID-19

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – India proposes to members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to form a working group to study the possibility of using traditional medicine in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, declared the Indian vice president , Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu.

“We propose to create a group of experts in the framework of the annual meeting of Ministers of Health of the SCO countries. We are witnesses to the limitations experienced by the contemporary medical system, suffering colossal pressure due to the spread of COVID-19, “he said while speaking on November 30 at the meeting of the Council of the Heads of Government of the SCO States, held in videoconference format.

According to Naidu, it is necessary to create a system that plays an additional role in guaranteeing an alternative, effective and inexpensive treatment necessary to save human lives in the region.

“We hope to be able to count on the collaboration in this by all the SCO States,” he added.

Since March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) qualifies as a pandemic the COVID-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, detected for the first time at the end of 2019.

According to WHO data, on November 29 in the world more than 564,000 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, 8,985 people died.

Founded in 2001, the SCO includes eight nations: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Four countries – Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia – enjoy observer status; and six more – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey – have the rank of dialogue partners.

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