New Delhi, April 20: The issue of Antimicrobial resistance is a threat to the public health sector. Not only India but whole world is scared of this evil. To discuss on this topic, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare held a conference ‘Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR containment’. JP Nadda emphasized on the initiation of coordinated action to minimize the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Action across all government sectors and every part of society are required to fight against AMR. The minister of Health signed a ‘Delhi Declaration’ to adopt a holistic approach to preventing AMR in India. The initiative seeks support from UN, WHO, FAO to implement national and state action plans.
Prime Minister has stressed on the need to converge actions across ministries and departments to achieve an integrated outcome. “We are working in the direction of pulling out malaise of AMR from the root. Health Ministry is at the receiving end as there are various layers and every layer needs to be addressed”, J.P.Nadda said. “In alignment with global action plan, India’s action plan has objectives of enhancing awareness, strengthening surveillance, improving rational use of antibiotics, reducing infections and promoting research. In addition, India aims to support neighbouring countries in collective fight against infectious diseases,” he elaborated.
Health Ministry set up a National Surveillance System for AMR and National Guidelines on the sale of antibiotics. “One Health Approach” should be in action to address the issue and more efforts are required for the large population of our country.
Mentioning the action as a landmark occasion JP Nadda said, “We are ready with a blueprint that meets global expectations. The challenge now is in its efficient implementation through a coordinated approach at all levels of use of antibiotics.” Madhav Dave, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has made the promise to contribute to the initiative in every possible way.
Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (H&FW), Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR) and DG (ICMR), Dr. (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary (DBT) and Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India and other senior officers of the Health Ministry were present along with representatives from Ministries of Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Information and Broadcasting, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Water and Sanitation, AYUSH, Food Processing Industries, ICMR, NCDC.