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Fiji Will Develop Plan On Antimicrobial Resistance

Fiji is the first country in the Pacific to develop a national plan on antimicrobial resistance. An antimicrobial resistance is the ability of bacteria to grow in the presence of
02 Oct 2015 10:18
Fiji Will Develop Plan On Antimicrobial Resistance
Minister for Health and Medical Services and Jone Usamate.

Fiji is the first country in the Pacific to develop a national plan on antimicrobial resistance. An antimicrobial resistance is the ability of bacteria to grow in the presence of a chemical (drug) that would normally kill them or limit their growth. Antimicrobial resistance makes it harder to remove infections from the body as existing drugs become less effective. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate said: “Fiji is committed to combating antimicrobial resistance.” He made these comments during the opening of National Anti- Microbial Resistance Workshop in Suva yesterday. “In Fiji we are committed to combating antimicrobial resistance and have declared it has one of our priority agendas,” he said. Mr Usamate said the ministry was currently developing their national plan on antimicrobial resistance. “This will be the fi rst in the Pacifi c and hopefully serve as a model to other countries. “We are also establishing an AMR task force to oversee the implementation of the plan through a One-Health approach,” Mr Usamate said. World Health Organisation, Western Pacifi c Region AMR technical offi cer Sarah Paulin said: “AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an increasing range of infections.” “The rapid emergence and spread of AMR presents health-care system with serious challenges.” “Without effective antimicrobials, the success of modern medicine in organ transplantation, chemotherapy and major surgery could be compromised,” she said. The WHO fi rst global report on AMR surveillance, published in 2014 found that resistance to common bacteria is reaching very levels in the hospital and community setting with few effective treatment options remaining. Miss Paulin said this year, in May World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Action Plan on AMR. The global action plan urges Member States to develop national plans on antimicrobial resistance by May 2017. “Fiji has now taken steps towards finalising its National Action Plan or Policy on AMR. This will be first of its kind in the South Pacifi c and a role model to others,” Miss Paulin said. Meanwhile, the workshop started yesterday and it will end today.

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