Fiji scrambles to counter AMR threat – FBC News

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The Fiji National Antimicrobial Resistance Committee is working on a new action and operational plan to address unrecognized threats.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr James Fong, says antimicrobial resistance is a complex problem and requires action from multiple sectors and disciplines.

Dr. Fong adds that the United Nations predicts that the total number of deaths from AMR has reached a staggering 10 million per year.

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He adds that these statistics correspond to the number of deaths from all cancers combined.


“They maintain surveillance of all other epidemics in the world. This as we try to ensure that we have clear protocols on how to monitor these outbreaks and if they come to Fiji we have the capacity to contain them.

Dr Fong says antimicrobial resistance is closely linked to our national priorities to build back better.

WHO’s first global AMR surveillance report published in 2014 found that resistance to common bacteria is reaching very high levels in hospitals and community settings with few effective treatment options.

Fiji was the first Pacific Island country to respond to this call and established, through the Cabinet, the National Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, a One Health task force to develop the action plan. national antimicrobial and operational plan.

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