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ISLAMABAD, May 23 (APP): Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar called for united efforts to combat Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR).

Addressing a group of Health Ministers participating in the
World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday, she called upon countries to make united efforts in combating Anti Microbial Resistance which is posing a major public challenge.

She said Pakistan at present has a huge burden of multi
resistance bacterial infections leading to significant mortality and morbidity and limiting options for treating infectious diseases.

The Ministry of National Health Services has declared
Antimicrobial Resistance containment as priority agenda.

The Government of Pakistan also support the goal of Global Action Plan to ensure, for as long as possible, continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality assured, used in a responsible way, and accessible to all who need them.

The Ministry has accordingly initiated some of the key initiatives to address the issue of AMR in the light of the strategic objective of the WHO Global Action Plan on the subject, said a message received here.

These include designation of a national focal point, notification of  a multi sectoral and multi disciplinary AMR oversight committee. She said a National AMR Containment policy has been developed by Pakistan.

The policy has been developed through a consultative process and is in line with the strategic objectives of the WHO Global Action Plan.

The Ministry of NHSRC in collaboration with WHO and CDC USA are developing a roadmap for Global Health Security Agenda under which AMR has been identify priority area for action.

She said her Ministry was collaborating with other stakeholders, organizations and professional societies to undertake various initiatives like antibiotic stewardship program, developing different guidelines on AMR and capacity enhancement of AMR related laboratory diagnostics.