hosts high-level meet on AMR
Nov 24: “Anti-Microbial
Resistance (AMR) is a silent and invisible pandemic that cannot be overshadowed
by other competing public health priorities,” said Union Minister of State for
Health & Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar as she spoke at the
ministerial plenary panel of the Third Global High-Level Conference on
Anti-Microbial Resistance in Muscat, Oman, on Thursday.
A total of 22
participants from more than 15 countries attended the conference. The
event witnessed the launch of Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform on AMR by
the Quadripartite Organizations.
prevalence of AMR and its subsequent fatal effects, she highlighted that AMR is
recognized as a global health threat with serious health, political and
congratulated the UN General Assembly, WHO & member states on their focus
on AMR, and said, “It is heartening to note that AMR has already been
prioritized by UN General Assembly, WHO & member states” and also praised
the aligned efforts by Quadripartite [FAO], [WHO], World Organization for
Animal Health [WOAH] and UN Environment Programme [UNEP].
the steps taken by India in battling AMR, MoS Health stated that under the
leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various initiatives have been taken
to address AMR. India organized an AMR conference in 2016 at New Delhi. She
highlighted that countering AMR features prominently on the national health
agenda and further mentioned that various initiatives undertaken by way of
awareness & capacity building, laboratory strengthening, surveillance,
infection prevention & control, antimicrobial stewardship and research on
newer drugs, diagnostics and innovations have garnered political will at the
MoS Health highlighted
the collaboration of Health Ministers of 11 Member States that led to the
Jaipur Declaration on AMR in 2011, signifying their commitment and political
support towards One Health approach for containment of AMR.
also said further action must be taken to synergize the momentum initiated by Global
AMR Conference presently and upcoming high-level meeting on AMR at the United
Nations General Assembly in 2024, which will serve to strengthen the political
support at all levels.
on this occasion were Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO
Director-General, QU Dongyu, Director-General of Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations, Dr. Hilal Al Sabti, Minister of Health
of Sultanate of Oman, Saoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries
Wealth and Water resources of Sultanate of Oman, and Ernst Kuipers, Minister of
Health, Welfare and Sports, Netherlands, and other dignitaries also attended