Wednesday 15 November 2016, Suva, Fiji
The Fiji Antimicrobial Resistance Operational Plan was launched on 15th November 2016 in the presence of the Fiji Honourable Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Rosy Akbar. The honourable Minister raised the importance of preserving the effectiveness of antimicrobials for human health by highlighting "There won't always be a pill for every illness."
Dr Angela Mariano, acting WHO Representative, underlined the importance of World Antibiotic Awareness Week as a great opportunity to "raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance and to promote the responsible use of antibiotics by engaging the general public, health-care professionals, policy makers and of course the other sectors that are instrumental in protecting our antibiotics."
The National operational plan is essential for implementing incremental and sustainable progress towards containing antimicrobial resistance in Fiji. Last year, during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Fiji launched the National Antimicrobial Resistance Plan. This year, the country goes a step further with the publication of the Antimicrobial Resistance Operational Plan in close collaboration with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Committee. The plan delineates actions, responsibilities, budget and a framework for the national action plan.