Minister continues antimicrobial resistance awareness
Akbar: Fiji, along with the rest of our region, still grapples with the so-called ‘double-burden’ of communicable and non-communicable disease
I continue to feel so strongly about the need to maintain our efforts to reduce the misuse and over-use of antibiotics, says Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar.
The minister made this comment while speaking during the opening ceremony 2017 Regional Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) meeting at Novotel Suva Lami Bay yesterday.
Ms Akbar also said in 2015, Fiji became the first country in the Pacific to develop and launch a national plan for antimicrobial resistance.
She said one of her earliest public engagements after she took up the health portfolio last year was to help mark Antimicrobial Awareness week.
“I invite all to take heed of those words from a passionate advocate for antimicrobial awareness and reflect on what they might mean for the future challenges of communicable disease in our region,” Ms Akbar said.
She said she spent a great deal of my time focusing on the challenges of non-communicable diseases and the struggle to address the lifestyle factors that play such a major role in their growth in our Pacific region.
“The reality is that Fiji, along with the rest of our region, still grapples with the so-called ‘double-burden’ of communicable and non-communicable disease and will continue to do so for some years to come.
“We cannot afford to let the very real threat of non-communicable diseases distract us from the ongoing need to tackle communicable diseases.
“Both pose real threats to our people, their livelihoods, our countries’ economic growth and our ability to provide our citizens with a better quality of life,” Ms Akbar said.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce