Health Minister, WHO official discuss health cooperation

Health Minister Firas Hawari. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Health Minister Firas Hawari on Tuesday met Assistant Director-General for the Antimicrobial Resistance Division (AMR) at the World Health Organization (WHO) Hanan Balkhy to discuss a national plan to combat antimicrobial resistance for the years 2022-2023, reported the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

According to a ministry statement, Hawari stressed the importance of developing the health sector to take action against antimicrobial resistance, adding that a comprehensive tech package was granted to 7 countries to implement National Action Plans (NAP).

He said the ministry has taken numerous protective measures against bacteria resistant to antibiotics, noting that work is in progress on the ministry’s 2018-2022 NAP to fight antimicrobial resistance in Jordan and establish a national coordination center to follow up on a data monitoring system.

Hawari valued the world organization’s role in supporting the health ministry in various fields and in combatting antimicrobial resistant germs.

For her part, Balkhy said WHO is offering tech support for countries to expedite conducting NAPs and boost cooperation to address antimicrobial resistance.

Jordan is one of 7 countries benefiting from WHO’s technical support to implement its national action plan against antimicrobial resistance with support from Saudi Arabia, she noted.

WHO Representative in Jordan Jamela Al-Raiby said the Kingdom is the fourth country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to endorse a NAP, noting that WHO will keep offering technical support to Jordan. 

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