Misuse of antibiotics is among the main drivers underpinning the development of Antimicrobial Resistance.
This was highlighted by the Ministry of Health, Head of Wellness, Dr Devina Nand while speaking at the a multi-sectoral three tier panel discussion on ‘The Role of Policy, Practitioners, Academia and Consumers in Addressing Public Health Threat Due to Antimicrobial Resistance’ which was conducted by the Consumer Council of Fiji.
Dr Nand also stressed that resistance to last-line antibiotics also compromises the effectiveness of life saving medical interventions.
She says Fiji is committed to adopting the One Health Approach against Antimicrobial Resistance now and onwards to 2030.
Dr Nand adds this is more critical than ever with the global fight against COVID and other emerging diseases.
She also assured continued efforts from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in Fiji.
Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil in her opening address emphasized that as antimicrobial resistance is increasing, it is vital to encourage consumers to change and adopt smarter antibiotic behaviour.
She says despite World Health Organization's efforts to combat antibiotic resistance and their emphasis on the importance of public involvement, the role of consumers has been overlooked.
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