The local Department of Health (DOH) spearheaded the declaration of the “One Health” approach against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) all signed and agreed upon by the ten-state Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The historic document seeks to “ensure a holistic, multisectoral and multidisciplinary method in combating it at the regional and country levels” and fulfill the organization’s vision of “a healthy, caring, sustainable and productive region resistant to emerging health threats and have universal access to health care.”
ASEAN members previously met last May 10 and 11 where the declaration was endorsed to the Seniors Official Meeting on Health Development and subsequently to the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting.
The said declaration was adopted last Monday, Nov. 13 in line with the 31st ASEAN Summit.
The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to antimicrobial resistance as microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that deform their ways to fight the medications used in curing the infection they bring.
Last 2014, the sent a warning to nations that the lack of action towards AMR can convert the world into a postantibiotic haven where such infections will tower over cancer as the leading cause of death by 2050.
AMR infections that are slowly taking over the world as of the moment include drug-resistant tuberculosis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, macrolide-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, multidrug resistant enteric pathogens and extremely drug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli in both the hospital and community settings.
DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said he feels honored to have fronted the declaration, which also served as our contribution in this year’s ASEAN Summit.
“Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious threat, not only in the Philippines but also in the whole Asean with major implications in health, trade, agriculture, the economy and global security,” Duque said to Business Mirror.
He added, “[The] DOH is ready to share our country experience in implementing the one health approach with other Asean member-states that is embodied in our National Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance”
DOH, in 2015, formed the National Action Plan to Combat AMR together with local departments of Agriculture, Trade in Industry, and Science and Technology.
This plan showed what needs to be done to combat AMR in terms of leadership and governance; surveillance and laboratory capacity; access to essential medicine of assured quality; awareness and promotion; infection, prevention, and control; rational antimicrobial use among humans and animals; and research and development.
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