Experts meet for combating AMR under Mekong basin region health security project

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The opening ceremony of workshop on combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) held in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA

A workshop on combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) under the Mekong basin region health security project was opened with an address by Health and Sports Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Prof. Dr. Thet Khaing Win at the Summit Park View Hotel, Yangon, yesterday.
In his opening speech, the Permanent Secretary said there is a special requirement for countries in Mekong basin region to cooperate in facing the problems and challenges of AMR. AMR problem resulting from excessive usage of antimicrobial medicines by human, animals and in agriculture works are to be handled through the tactics of informing, monitoring, controlling outbreak and conducting research. Myanmar has formed National Multi-Sectorial Steering Committee (NMSC) for Combating AMR led by Union Minister for Health and Sports in January. Central department to coordinate and eliminate AMR was put under national health laboratory and technical work group meetings were successfully held in August 2018 and techniques obtained from the present workshop are required to be practically implemented together, said the Permanent Secretary.
Next, Professor Dr. Htay Htay Tin of Ministry of Health and Sports, Department from Medical Services and Dr. Stephan Paul Jost, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Myanmar delivered speeches. The workshop will approve tactics to combat AMR, country wise priority works and networking among related organisations.

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