Soucre: Beehive, 29 May 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David
Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealand's action plan for
tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance.
"Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a
global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in
announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva,"
says Dr Coleman.
"Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic
resistant infections so it's important that we have this action
"The action plan builds on the successful work already underway
in New Zealand and sets out activities to be undertaken over a five
year period to minimise the impacts of antimicrobial
The plan is the work of government agencies, and a diverse group
of experts, including scientists, veterinarians, infectious disease
experts, microbiologists, prescribers and infection prevention and
The plan has five main objectives include developing national
programmes and standards for both human and animal health
"The Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Health will
now develop an implementation plan with major partners to achieve
these objectives, setting out the further details of the
activities," says Mr Bennett.
"Implementing these activities will involve a variety of
partners from across the human health, animal health and
agricultural sectors including both food and non-food.
"MPI and the Ministry of Health will regularly monitor and
evaluate the implementation and progress reports will be provided
at the end of the first, third and fifth year of the action plan
The plan outlines a series of priority actions and activities to
support the objectives. It will be published online soon pending
formal process after the World Health Assembly.
Dr Coleman recently attended the World Health Assembly in
Geneva, along with other Ministers and delegations from around the