Bali (ANTARA) – Deputy Minister of Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono has urged G20 member countries to step up their efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which causes 1.27 million deaths a year in the world. world.
“The G20 must be able to prevent this and bring about lasting change,” Harbuwono remarked as he opened a meeting on managing antimicrobial resistance, part of the third meeting of the G20. health working group in Nusa Dua, Bali on Wednesday.
The meeting discussed three G20 Forum strategies to overcome antimicrobial resistance, the first strategy being to increase surveillance to detect antimicrobial resistance and to increase laboratory and diagnostic capacities.
“Standardized, cross-sectoral surveillance of antimicrobial use and consumption is essential to understanding and monitoring antimicrobial resistance. Adequate data also influences science-based policy decisions and actions at national, regional and global levels,” he said.
The second strategy is to increase research and development of new drugs, vaccines, therapies and diagnostics, as well as to conduct broader infection prevention and control. The third strategy aims to increase investment in research and technology transfer.
“In an effort to realize global research and development capacity, G20 member countries must secure sufficient and sustainable funding,” Harbuwono said.
He also highlighted the importance of implementing consistent policies and regulations to ensure access and responsible use of antimicrobial medicines to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance.
Similar to COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance is a threat that must be prevented and overcome together by involving various stakeholders, healthcare professionals, scientists and the general public, he added.
The Antimicrobial Resistance Meeting held at the Hilton Nusa Dua Hotel virtually brought together Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar and Deputy Director for Antimicrobial Resistance. World Health Organization Prevention, Hannan Balky.
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