Antimicrobial resistance plan launched

The National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Action Plan was launched today by the National Department of Health.

The action plan is to safeguard the country from national health and economic security threats.

To deal with drug resistance in a coordinated way, one health concept or approach is required to make sure actions by the 3 main implementing government stakeholders are coordinated. This is to achieve common goals for preventing the development and spread of resistance, including the human health, environmental health and the environment.

The action plan is to establish and ensure governance, sustainable investment and actions to combat antimicrobial resistance, improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training and strengthen diagnostic capacity and research on AMR.

The plan will be presented to the cabinet by the Health Minister early next year for approval and implementation thereafter.

It was unveiled by Health Minister Sir Puka Temu in Port Moresby.

Carolyn Ure