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3rd high-level ministerial conference on AMR begins

24 Nov 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman is hosting the 3rd high-level ministerial conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), on 24 and 25 November 2022, to accelerate tackling AMR at the national, regional, and global levels and to enhance international cooperation.

The conference, which is held under the theme of ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: From Politics to One Health Measures,’ seeks to stimulate interactive dialogue to address the epidemic of antimicrobial resistance, by accelerating the pace of dealing with it at the national, regional and global levels and strengthening international cooperation.

Dr Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, said that Oman has worked to develop programs to confront this multilateral phenomenon in a more effective manner, and to integrate efforts in the fields of agriculture, health and the environment within the framework of the ‘One Health’ approach.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said, “The pressing challenge of antimicrobial resistance is one of the most urgent and complex challenges of our times because it is not as dramatic as a pandemic, a war or a humanitarian emergency and it doesn’t attract the same attention from governments, from donours, or the media.”

“The scale of the problem and its consequences cannot be ignored. AMR is estimated to lead to five million deaths every year, it threatens health, food security and economic development. Just as AMR impacts multiple sectors, so too must the response be multi-sectoral. That’s why it is so important that the participants in this conference are drawn from across the health, agriculture and environment sectors and include both the private and public sectors,” he added.

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