“Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health, which requires action across all government sectors and society. Single, isolated interventions have limited impact and coordinated action is required to minimise the emergence and spread of anti-microbial resistance.” states JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the ‘Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR containment.
Mr Nadda also announced the finalisation of India’s comprehensive and multi-sectoral National Action Plan at the function.
The ministers later signed a ‘Delhi Declaration’ for collectively strategising to contain AMR. It pledges to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India. It calls on all stakeholders including UN, WHO, FAO and other UN agencies, civil society organizations etc., to support the development and implementation of the national and state action plans on AMR.
Nadda further added “We are working in the direction of pulling out the malaise of AMR from its root. Health Ministry is at the receiving end as there are various layers and every layer needs to be addressed”.
He further stated, the action plan has been prepared through extensive national consultations with various stakeholders. “In alignment with global action plan, India’s action plan has objectives of enhancing awareness, strengthening surveillance, improving rational use of antibiotics, reducing infections and promoting research. In addition, India aims to support neighbouring countries in collective fight against infectious diseases,” Nadda elaborated.
The Health Ministry has taken a lead in this effort at international forefront and has initiated a series of actions including setting up a National Surveillance System for AMR, enacted regulations (Schedule-H-1) to regulate sale of antibiotics, brought out National Guidelines for use of antibiotics etc. He further said that more efforts are required considering the large size of our country, the magnitude of the problem and the fact that AMR needs to be addressed comprehensively under “One Health Approach”.
“This is a landmark occasion”, said the Union Minister for Health. “We are ready with a blueprint that meets global expectations. The challenge now is in its efficient implementation through a coordinated approach at all levels of use of antibiotics,” he added. Mr Nadda urged all state governments to develop state-specific action plans and assured them of all possible assistance.