Saira Launches National Strategic Framework For Anti-microbial Resistance


Saira launches national strategic framework for anti-microbial resistance

ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 01st Dec, 2016 ) : Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Azfal Tarar has launched National Strategic Framework for Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) here on Thursday.

The final draft of five year National Action Plan for International Conference on International Health Regulation (IHR-GHSA) was discussed in detail during two days meetings with all relevant stakeholder from Federal and provincial levels in order to finalize and agree on it.

This would follow in development of monitoring and evaluation framework and costing of the plan to secure the funds from provincial and federal government's in order to implement 19 technical areas under prevent, detect and respond.

This final plan will be shared with high level inter-ministerial forum in December 2016, with chief ministers and Prime Minster office for its endorsement and making the commitment for the required resources to implement IHR in the country and make country and world a safer place.

Pakistan is signatory to International Health Regulation (2005) and is obligated to implement the eight core capacities in the country to prevent disease outbreak and provide an appropriate response in case of public health emergencies.

There is a huge volume of international trade and international travel across the globe due to which disease can spread in no time. The world is now witnessing spread of outbreaks of emerging and reemerging disease having tremendous impact on health, economy and security of nations which are affected as seen during outbreaks of SAARC, H5NI,Ebola and now Zika.

The magnitude and frequency of disease outbreaks, clearly demonstrate the urgent need for sustained preparedness and capacity building in all member states. Pakistan is no exception, experiencing frequent outbreaks such as HPAI (H5NI) dengue, CCHF with morbidity and mortality, as well as other emergencies such as floods and earthquake.

In Pakistan emergence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) which comes under IHR is a complex phenomenon that follows use of antimicrobials and has been accelerated by inappropriate antimicrobial use.

Higher consumption of antimicrobials especially antibiotics is associated with higher levels of resistance. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as one of the most serious public health problems and WHO has called it as 'the greatest threat to human health'.

Factors responsible for AMR includes lack of knowledge on AMR, irrational and inappropriate use, lack of information and awareness on its proper use, absence of policy on antimicrobial and unregulated access and availability of all the antimicrobials over the counter without prescription.

These factors are directly or indirectly related in human, animal and industrial consumption. To achieve this goal, the government of Pakistan has endorsed the strategic framework. The government of Pakistan during WHO regional committee meeting held at Kuwait in 2015, committed to undergo joint external evaluation across the country, to assess the capacity of the country to implement IHR (2005) core capacities, identify gaps and give key recommendations to implement and strengthen 19 technical areas under prevent, detect, respond and other.

Formal request by Ministry to volunteer for this evaluation was sent and WHO sent the joint mission to Pakistan from April 27 till May 6, 2016. The Joint External Evaluation report was finalized and shared with the government of Pakistan during September 2016.

It was followed by a series of meetings with line ministries and departments under stakeholders including health, agriculture, livestock, tourism, commerce and trade, ports and shipping, shipping environment, security agencies, food, forest, wildlife, PAEC, Pakistan Nuclear Radiation Authority, health development partners, UN sector, donor agencies at all the provinces and national level to develop the provincial and national action plan for IHR 2005 including the health security aspect.