A slew of measures was taken against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) like setting up a National Surveillance System, said Health Minister J.P. Nadda. He added that the ministry has also enacted regulations to regulate the sale of antibiotics and brought out National Guidelines for the use of antibiotics. Stating that more efforts are required considering India's large size and magnitude of problems, Nadda said that AMR needs to be addressed comprehensively under "One Health Approach". ‘Ministers signed a 'Delhi Declaration' which pledges to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards prevention and containment of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in India.’ Nadda was speaking at the 'Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR containment' here, attended by various misters including Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave. The ministers later signed a 'Delhi Declaration' for collectively strategizing to contain AMR. It pledges to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an anti-microbial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. The Declaration calls on all stakeholders including United Nations, World Health Organisation, Food and Agricultural Organisation and other UN agencies, civil society organisations and others to support the development and implementation of the national and state action plans on AMR. "Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society and is driven by many interconnected factors. Single, isolated interventions have limited impact and coordinated action is required to minimize the emergence and spread of AMR," said Nadda. Calling the Delhi Declaration a landmark occasion, Nadda also said that the government is ready with a blueprint that meets global expectations. "The challenge now is in its efficient implementation through a coordinated approach at all levels of use of antibiotics," Nadda said. Other ministries also extended support in the efforts against AMR. Environment Minister Dave said that Environment Ministry is conscious of the AMR threat and shall contribute in every possible way. Highlighting the ill effects of irresponsible use of antibiotics, food adulteration, excessive insecticides, pesticides, fungicides on human and animal health Ram Vilas Paswan stressed on the need for creating more awareness among masses and strict laws against adulteration. Source: IANS << Factors Influencing the Outbreak of Thunderstorm Asthma This is How The Brain Adjusts To New Details and Learns Them >> Recommended Reading E.Coli Antimicrobial Resistance Increased by Five Times for Commonly Used UTI Drug Antimicrobial resistance to one of the most commonly prescribed drug, ciprofloxacin, for urinary tract infections has increased by more than five times in the last decade READ MORE Importance To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Achieving Sustainable Development Goal: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance(AMR), a call for action was organized by Neeti Foundation. READ MORE Human Organs are a National Resource and Not Even One Should be Wasted : J P Nadda Expressing concern over the present rate of organ donation, J.P Nadda said organs were national resource and not even one should be wasted. READ MORE Retail Pharmacy With Cheaper Medicines in Madhya Pradesh: JP Nadda Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda has said nearly 2,000 medicines will be made available at rates up to 90 percent less than the maximum retail price. READ MORE Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They? Food preservatives are basically antimicrobials or anti-oxidants that help preserve food by destroying the microbes and stopping decomposition of food products. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They?