Jordan marks World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

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AMMAN — A ceremony was held in Amman on Sunday to mark the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), an annual global campaign to raise knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The ceremony was held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia bint Al-Hussein.

This is year’s edition of WAAW is organized under the theme “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together”.

Current research shows that antimicrobial resistance rates are rising in nations of all income levels, leading to a rise in the prevalence of common incurable diseases.

This, in turn, increases the demand for life-saving medical procedures like major surgery and cancer chemotherapy.

Jordan has advanced in combatting antimicrobial resistance, according to Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari.

He noted that the Kingdom joined the Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System in 2018, and has since established a national antimicrobial resistance surveillance system.

However, there is still much work to be done to combat antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance, according to the minister, who pointed to the need for effective frameworks governing antimicrobial supply and usage.

Hawari expressed gratitude to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health, and the UN Environment Program for their cooperation under the banner of the “One Health Approach”, and their provision of needed technical support in aiding Jordan’s efforts to combat this phenomenon.

Agriculture Minister Khaled Al-Hneifat addressed the issue of antimicrobial resistance, explaining that the Agriculture Ministry promotes the prudent use and management of antimicrobial products for animals, and keeps tabs on the production and import of veterinary medicines.

Nabil Assaf, the FAO representative in Jordan, highlighted the importance of the “One Health Approach” in combatting antimicrobial resistance.

The approach unites the efforts of the human and animal health sectors to ensure the use of antimicrobials follows best practices, he said.

Antimicrobial resistance, he continued, poses a global threat, and has a number of negative effects, including hampering the ability to treat illnesses, thereby increasing mortality rates and causing serious or long-lasting illnesses.

This is in addition to production loss, reduced livelihoods, and a negative impact on food security, he said.

Jamila Rabi, WHO representative in Jordan, emphasized the urgent need address the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance, and called for multisectoral cooperation. 

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