National action plan on antimicrobial use reduction launched

WHO has pledged cooperation and assistance to Vietnam’s five year plan (2011-2015) to develop and complete its healthcare networks. Dr. Graham Harrison, WHO's Acting Representative in Vietnam, said that antimicrobial resistance has been chosen as the major theme for the 2011 World Health Day. Antimicrobial resistance, also known as drug resistance, occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. Dr. Graham Harrison According to Dr. Harrison, the antimicrobial resistance is facilitated by the inappropriate use of medicines, wrong prescriptions and poor infection control. Policy-makers, healthcare experts and medical workers, as well as patients have to work together to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance.... [read more]

Vietnam is located in a relatively high-risk region for newly emerged and re-emerging infectious diseases. Costs for the treatment of infectious diseases have already burdened the country’s fragile healthcare system and the situation is worsening as antimicrobial resistance increases year after year. The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) -Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership Initiative aims to provide substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK researchers working in the area of infectious disease research. It is to deliver research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between scientists from Vietnam and the UK that will encourage the pursuit of shared research interests. Total funding for this initiative from both sides is £2.6million for up to 5 three-year projects (2016-2018). The Partnership Initiative is now calling for joint research proposals from the two countries. Research projects on antimicrobial resistance, vaccine development and malaria are particularly welcome and encouraged. Two of the most important assessment criteria are the project’s scientific quality and its potential to have a positive impact on poor and vulnerable communities in Vietnam. This Initiative is under the Newton Fund Vietnam. The Memorandum of Understanding of the Newton Fund Vietnam Programme was signed by MOST Minister Nguyen Quan and British Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever on 3 June 2015.... [read more]

Antimicrobial resistance is a multidimensional threat to human survival, public health and the economy and the overall development of Vietnam, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen at the conference. The week aims to draw more attention from the Party, Government, social organisations and health agencies to programmes for antimicrobial resistance prevention. It also raises public awareness of implementing antimicrobial resistance prevention solutions in the health, agriculture and bredieng sectors, contributing to easing the burden on national health, the economy and society. Conferences and workshops on antimicrobial resistance prevention, meetings, parades and jogging events are scheduled during the week. A Facebook fan page named “AMR Week 2015 Vietnam” was established to draw public attention to the event, which is expected to be held annually.-... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked the Ministry of Health to inspect the implementation of regulations in antibiotic prescription and use in medical facilities. The PM assigned the ministry to seek measures to effectively monitor the performance of the regulations and strictly handle violations. He also requested the ministries of agriculture and rural development, industry and trade, and natural resources and environment to assess the effectiveness of the national action plan on preventing antibiotic resistance for the 2013-2020 period and apply measures to enhance its efficacy. The Ministry of Health has been tasked with inspecting pharmacies' observation of regulations on selling prescription medicines and taking measures to manage the enforcement of the rules, particularly focusing on antibiotics. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been requested to strengthen the management of the production, import, trading and use of antibiotic in animal husbandry and aquaculture, while designing guidance on the use of animal feed containing antibiotic. The PM asked the two ministries to co-ordinate in managing the import of antibiotic materials used in the production and use of veterinary medicine. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or drug resistance is a risk to Việt Nam's people and economy following the increase in antibiotic use and lax management of antibiotic use in healthcare and animal husbandry. The cost of healthcare for patients with resistant infections is higher than care for patients with non-resistant infections due to the longer duration of illness, additional tests and use of more…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Health to inspect the observation of regulations in antibiotic prescription and use in medical facilities. The PM assigned the ministry to seek measures to effectively monitor the implementation of the regulations and strictly handle violations. Meanwhile, the PM also requested the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade, and Natural Resources and Environment to assess the effectiveness of the national action plan on preventing antibiotic resistance for the 2013-2020 period, and apply measures to enhance its efficacy. The Ministry of Health is tasked to inspect pharmacies’ observation of regulations on selling prescription medicines and take measures to manage the enforcement of the rules, firstly focusing on antibiotics. At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is requested to strengthen the management of the production, import, trading and use of antibiotic in animal husbandry and aquaculture, while designing guidances on the use of animal feed containing antibiotic. The PM asked the two ministries to coordinate in managing the import of antibiotic materials used in the production and use of veterinary medicine. Antimicrobial resistance is a risk to Vietnam’s people and economy following the increase in antibiotic use and lax management of antibiotic use in healthcare and animal husbandry. According to WHO, antimicrobial resistance results in some 700,000 global deaths per year. By 2050, the number of deaths attributed to AMR is estimated to be 10 million per year, more than the estimate for…... [read more]

Antimicrobial resistance has become a global problem, particularly in developing countries. The burden caused by medical resistance has become more and more serious due to increased treatment cost and long-term treatment, negatively affecting the health of the patients and the community as well as the development of the society. In Vietnam, multi-drug resistant bacteria, including genetically modified multi-resistant bacteria, have appeared. The World Health Organisation (WHO) listed Vietnam among countries with a high antimicrobial resistance in the world. The reason for this situation was the limited awareness insufficient awareness of issues relating to antibiotics and AMR in communities and among health workers. People can freely buy antibiotics in pharmacies; meanwhile many doctors have overused antibiotics or designated unsuitable antibiotics in treatment of patients. In addition, the abuse of antibiotics in breeding livestock, poultry and aquaculture in order to prevent, control and treat diseases in animals as well as for the purpose of stimulating growth, has improved the adaptation capacity of micro-organisms to specific drugs, creating favourable conditions for drug-resistant bacteria to develop. Vietnam issued a national action plan on combating drug resistance for the 2013-2020 period and many actions have been implemented. However, in order to reach the set target, all ministries, agencies and localities need to make more efforts in the coming times. WHO emphasised that people in the world are depending on antibiotics and all countries need to promote their responsibility in protecting valuable source of antibiotics for future generations. More than ever, all relevant agencies and people…... [read more]

“The most important factor that contributes to the rise of AMR is the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Therefore, the most effective measure the government can take is to control the use of antibiotics and ensure they are used appropriately,” Wai said at a meeting to mark Vietnam Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 on November 30 in Hanoi. Wai said the increase in the production, supply and use of antibiotics had contributed to the spread of AMR in the environment and food chain due to the increasing pressure to meet global food demand and the demands of international trade, along with industrialisation, urbanisation and the expansion of the health services sector. “The role of other sectors, such as trade, industry, the environment and natural resources, are therefore important to complementing regulatory actions and closely monitoring the spread of AMR in the food chain and environment,” Wai said. “The inter-sectoral action undertaken in Vietnam is, therefore, a step in the right direction and is an excellent example for other countries in the region. By committing to work together, Vietnam is making a great contribution to the global fight against AMR,” the WHO representative added. “Last year, we had 400,000 individuals pledging to help fight AMR. We will continue to gather more pledges until we reach the one-million mark to demonstrate the public’s support for building a healthy, safe and progressive Vietnam,” Wai said. Speaking at the meeting, Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the health ministry’s Health Examination and Management Department,…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Vietnam Lokky Wai has called on Vietnam to undertake more efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “The most important factor that contributes to the rise of AMR is the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Therefore, the most effective measure the government can take is to control the use of antibiotics and ensure they are used appropriately,” Wai said at a meeting to mark Vietnam Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 on November 30 in Hanoi. Wai said the increase of antibiotic production, supply and use has contributed to the spread of AMR in the environment and food chain due to the increasing pressure to meet the global food demand of people and international trade, along with industrialization, urbanisation and expansion of the health services sector. “The role of other sectors, such as trade, industry, environment and natural resources, are therefore important to complement regulatory actions and closely monitor the spread of AMR in the food chain and environment,” Wai said. “The inter-sectoral action undertaken in Vietnamis, therefore, a step in the right direction and is an excellent example for other countries in the region. By committing to work together, Vietnam is making a great contribution to the global fight against AMR,” the WHO representative added. “Last year, we had 400,000 individuals pledging to help fight AMR. We will continue to gather more pledges until we reach the one million mark to demonstrate the public’s support in building a healthy, safe and…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Viet Nam Lokky Wai has called on Việt Nam to undertake more efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). "The most important factor that contributes to the rise of AMR is the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Therefore, the most effective measure the government can take is to control the use of antibiotics and ensure they are used appropriately," Wai said at a meeting to mark Việt Nam Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 today in Hà Nội. Wai said the increase of antibiotic production, supply and use had contributed to the spread of AMR in the environment and food chain due to the increasing pressure to meet the global food demand of people and international trade, along with industrialisation urbanisation and expansion of the health services sector. "The role of other sectors, such as trade, industry, environment and natural resources, are therefore important to complement regulatory actions and closely monitor the spread of AMR in the food chain and environment," Wai said. "The inter-sectoral action undertaken in Việt Nam is, therefore, a step in the right direction and is an excellent example for other countries in the region. By committing to work together, Việt Nam is making a great contribution to the global fight against AMR," the WHO representative added. "Last year, we had 400,000 individuals pledging to help fight AMR. We will continue to gather more pledges until we reach the one million mark to demonstrate the…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - There are times when there's bad news and even worse news. One such time is dealing with the problem of drug-resistant diseases in Việt Nam and elsewhere . A couple of case studies: Trung (not real name) was hospitalised a month ago after showing symptoms of pneumonia. After four days of treatment, however, his condition did not improve and he lost consciousness. Doctors at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hà Nội had to resort to endotracheal intubation (an emergency procedure) to keep him alive. Susceptibility testing showed that he was resistant to all types of antibiotics except for colistin - a toxic antibiotic used to treat only the worst drug-resistant infections. After a month on endotracheal intubation, he regained consciousness and his condition has stabilised. Thanh, 64, another patient who was taken to Vạn Hạnh Hospital in HCM City early last month, was not so lucky. Thanh resisted the strongest of antibiotics and was only sensitive to colistin and polymycin B. Three weeks after treatment, his condition worsened. His family took him home last week to await his demise. Dr Dương Minh Tuấn said Thanh was the fifth such patient in a month that he'd seen, resistant to almost all types of antibiotics. "We now have overwhelming evidence of rampant antibiotic resistance in most hospitals across the country, and it's very worrying…." he paused, about to drop the bombshell. "Because it means anyone of us can develop this resistance to antibiotics." Let…... [read more]




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