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Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Sustainable Solutions

Prompted by concerns over antimicrobial resistance and the growing issue of healthcare-associated infections, a significant event termed ‘Scientific Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance and Infections Associated with Health Care: From Science to Management’ was recently held at the ‘Sergio Karachoff’ building of the National University of La Plata. The Health Minister of the province, Nicolas Kreplak, inaugurated this event that drew professionals from all sectors of health and academia. Fernando Tauber, who is serving as the Vice President of the Academic Sector of the House of Studies, joined him in opening several workshops and panel discussions. Present too were key representatives from the Faculties of Medical Sciences, Exact Sciences, and Veterinary Sciences.

Kreplak acknowledged the critical role of educational institutes in creating an action plan to tackle these emerging medical crises. Antimicrobial resistance is viewed as one of the top 10 threats to public health by the World Health Organization, and as such, Kreplak remarked on the need for a provincial drive to address these problems. He also emphasized the connection between these medical challenges and the economy, especially with regards to food production and consumption. Seventy percent of antibiotics produced by American laboratories are ultimately used in animal feed, which directly impacts our food supplies and potentially contributes to antimicrobial resistance. This growing resistance has already led to nearly five million deaths in 2019. The issue is intensified in hospitals where inadequate hygienic conditions may lead to potentially fatal, antibiotic-resistant infections.

Fernando Tauber conveyed the university’s commitment to nurturing knowledge and promoting scientific development, thereby simultaneously supporting the Ministry of Health through the current pandemic. He further ratified his allegiance to Governor’s comprehensive healthcare vision, recognizing the university’s role in providing its expertise to tackle public health problems like this one.

The conference facilitated discussions on various topics such as antimicrobial use and abuse, antimicrobial resistance, the role of hospital infection control committees, etc. Workshops also addressed practical issues like calculating the consumption of antimicrobials in hospitals, the impact of multiresistant bacteria, and strategies for tackling resistance in neonatology. Healthcare professionals attending the event included those affiliated with programs for Antimicrobial Adaptation and Healthcare Infection Control Committees, hospital directors, health secretaries, and health sector directors.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Health, the National University of La Plata, and the Provincial Program for the Prevention and Control of Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. Several notable healthcare societies endorsed the event, thereby encouraging multisector collaboration to confront these pressing challenges.


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