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The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has noted that the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could have a far reaching social, health and economic consequences on several sectors of the economy.


President Akufo-Addo said the implication of the threat of antimicrobial resistance phenomenon on global health had led to several efforts to combat and contain the AMR on global, regional and national levels.


Addressing participants at the launch of two policy documents on Wednesday—Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and National Plan Action—in Accra, the President, who is also the Co-Chair of the United Nations Advocates Group of Eminent Persons on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stressed that the phenomenon of anti-microbial resistance represented a vital threat to the realization of SDG 3, which required that countries ensured healthy lives and the promotion of wellbeing for all at all ages.


He disclosed that though antimicrobials had been used over the years for the treatment and prevention of infections over the years, its resistance was threatening to disrupt the major achievements made in the fields of infectious disease therapy, animal and crop health, the environment and the fisheries and aqua culture life.


The food supply chain, the President said, was also not being spared as antibiotic resistance had become a major challenge to animal husbandry, fisheries and aquaculture sectors, as Ghanaian research had shown, while the environment was also at risk because of effluents from industry that kept polluting the soil and water bodies.


He, therefore, tasked the SDG Secretariat to ensure a smooth and hitch-free implementation, and expressed hope that the committed implementation of the interventions outlined in the documents would guarantee the efficacy and the responsible use of antimicrobials.


He said as an integral part of the vision of creating a Ghana beyond aid, domestic resources were being mobilized to deal with the menace and urged all Ghanaians to join hands in the implementation of the anti-microbial resistance plan.  


President Akufo-Addo challenged industry to also come out with new innovations and formulations of antimicrobials, vaccines and diagnostics, as the country sought to combat the resistance phenomenon.


On his part, the Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, said the policy had been informed by the need to contain the phenomenon of antimicrobials resistance, considered a threat to public health in the world.


 Mr Agyeman-Manu said the policy was to provide directions and guidance for all stakeholders who were affected by or use antimicrobial agents.


The sector Minister gave the assurance that a strong multi-stakeholder collaboration which had made the development of the policy a success would strengthen the implementation of the policy under existing governance structures.


The launch took place on the theme: Sustainable Development Goals: the case of Animal Resistance.


Source: ISD (Nana Ama Bonnah & Faith Edison)