Jordan updating national action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance

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AMMAN — Jordan is in the process of updating its National Action Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance by setting specific priorities to be implemented in the next phase, said Minister of Health Feras Hawari, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting on Sunday with WHO Assistant Director-General for Antimicrobial Resistance Hanan Balkhi, the minister stressed the need for closer cooperation among all stakeholders to combat AMR, saying: “Jordan is committed to implementing its national action plan through its health system on a multi-sectoral level, bringing together the ministries of agriculture, environment, water and irrigation, along with the National Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Centre, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration, the Jordanian Royal Medical Services and other official and civil institutions.”

The minister said that initiatives in this regard will focus on raising awareness about AMR, strengthening nation-wide surveillance, improving infection control practices, and promoting the rational use of antibiotics.

The WHO official pointed to the several meetings she held with different Jordanian officials to discuss this issue, noting that the battle against antimicrobial resistance needs to be addressed by all sectors, partners and experts at political, technical and community levels.

“In recent studies collecting data from 204 countries, researchers estimated that nearly 5 million deaths in 2019 were associated with bacterial antimicrobial resistance, being the direct cause of death for about 1.3 million cases. To put this in perspective, antimicrobial resistance is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS or malaria,” she added.

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