MEDIA URGED TO INTENSIFY EDUCATION ON ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

As part of measures to deepen the understanding of media practitioners to enable them help create awareness on the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR),a two-day media practitioners training session has been held in Kumasi on Antimicrobial Resistance with the call on the Journalists to intensify education on the  need for  responsible  uses of antimicrobials.

 

The participants of the training session held at True Vine hotel-Kumasi, organized by AMR Secretariat Ministry of Health were drawn from both electronic and print media houses in the Ashanti region.

 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat with serious implications on our health indicators and Sustainable Development Goals.

A major contributor to AMR is the misuse of antimicrobials; largely as a result of ignorance and irresponsible use by all actors. Major interventions to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials including awareness creation among various actors are being implemented.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness on global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

 

Prof.Kwane Ohene Buabeng, Clinical Pharmacologist & Professor of Pharmacy practice, Deputy Chairman of ARM Platform, Ghana made a presentation on Overview of Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial use; Roles of Government, public and private sectors and the Tripartite-their roles at local, national and global levels.

He said AMR is a big issue with human health and there is the need for all stakeholders to work together to deal with it.

According to him, the media’s role is to advocate, educate and inform about appropriate IPC and the rational or responsible use of Antimicrobials to minimize risk of emergency and AMR containment.

Adding that the media is key in awareness creation and the implementation of strategies to combat AMR.

 

He explained that Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and some parasites, to survive the lethal effects of an antimicrobial, resulting in a situation where standard treatments become ineffective and infections persist which may spread to others.

According to Prof Buabeng,Ghana’s Action Plan has explained vividly that the implication of the above phenomenon on global health has led to several efforts to combat and contain AMR both at the global, regional and national levels.

The “One Health” concept was introduced to communicate the idea that human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist.

some scenes from the training session

 

Multifaceted, comprehensive and integrated strategies, as advocated by the WHO Global Action Plan and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Action Plan in line with the One Health approach, are urgently required. WHO advises that countries follow WHO, OIE,and FAO recommendations to implement national action plans encompassing the human, food, animal,and environmental sectors.

The National Action Plan (NAP) has been developed based on the model  recommended in the global Action Plan. Local data on on-going interventions were collected from technical informants in the various areas of work. These were analysed using the policy framework provided by the AMR policy document. Interventions were developed to address gaps in all five objectives of the global Action Plan.

Further consultations were done to ensure that the recommended interventions were feasible, valid and relevant within the systemic contexts pertaining to the various affected sectors.

The resulting NAP reflects stakeholder consensus on evidence-based, context-specific

recommendations on multifaceted actions in Ghana including: improving awareness and knowledge of

AMR; providing evidence-based knowledge to reduce the burden of AMR; reducing the occurrence of infections in establishments; optimizing the use of antimicrobials in animal and human health; creating an enabling environment for sustainable investment in AMR reduction. The NAP is to be implemented over a five-year period with regular assessments on the progress of implementation, within a multi-stakeholder platform with mutual accountability. An inter-ministerial governing body with the respective

Ministers, Chief Directors, Heads of agencies and departments would provide overarching political oversight, whilst an AMR stakeholder/technical platform provides technical direction.It is hoped that the needed resources and governance regimes would enable the full implementation of the NAP, in such a manner as to ensure that the health system is protected from the AMR threat.

 

Presentation on Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use in animal and Food Crop production was made by Dr.Kofi Afakye.Dr.Brian Asare also made a presentation on Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial stewardship in human health.

While David Young also made presentations on Developing, packaging and reporting strategies of AMR and messages as well as How to translate AMR/AMU messages into newsworthy contents.Story by a news desk report

 

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