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DOH mobilizes the medical community against antibiotic resistance

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Through the adoption of international policies and technologies, the health sector is asked to assist in the battle against the expanding issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

A significant threat to both national and international health is posed by AMR, according to Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire, who spoke at the Philippine Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022 (PAAW 2022). She also called for the expansion of the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) training program.

The AMS is a program to strengthen the health system that, among other things, optimizes the use of antibiotics in healthcare institutions, lowers AMR and illnesses linked to healthcare, and lowers healthcare expenditures.

The Philippines has already taught all Level 3 hospitals, 92.29 percent of Level 2 hospitals, and 58.71 percent of Level 1 hospitals on antimicrobial stewardship since the program’s inception. In total, 71.32 percent of all licensed hospitals in the country have received AMS training, according to her.

Although these numbers are commendable, she continued, “we see a need to further improve this program, especially as we execute reforms under UHC (Universal Health Care), given that we anticipate developing more facilities at various levels of the health system along with those reforms.

Antimicrobial resistance is a threat to health, lives, and the economy, according to Dr. Corinne Capuano, Director of Program Management for the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recent evidence demonstrates that HIV causes about five million fatalities annually worldwide, with low- and middle-income nations bearing the brunt of this disproportionately. The WHO is still dedicated to helping the Philippines foster cross-sectoral cooperation in order to promote and put the One Health concept into practice, she continued.

Vergeire asked the members of the health sector to adopt proactive plans and initiatives to lessen the effects of AMR across the country and find ways to work together and address the AMR issue.

“I hope that the United Nations Quadripartite’s renewed commitment from partner organizations and expression of support will be more than simply a symbol. Similarly, our country’s successes in reducing AMR should encourage and drive us all to keep moving forward and to continue forming significant collaborations that will help us in our never-ending battle against AMR, she added.

The Inter-Agency Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (ICAMR), which includes the DOH and other member agencies, highlighted the value of the One Health strategy at the conclusion of the week-long PAAW 2022 celebration. AMR is being fueled by the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture are the co-chairs of the multi-agency ICAMR, which was established in 2014 and is made up of important departments like the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The National Action Plan on AMR, which connects actions and interventions across the human, animal, food, and environmental sectors, is the responsibility of these organizations.

The purpose of the PAAW, which is conducted in November, is to raise awareness of AMR prevention and promote best practices among government officials, policymakers, medical professionals, patients, and the industry.

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