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Loreto strengthens surveillance of antimicrobial resistance – PAHO/WHO

Loreto strengthens surveillance of antimicrobial resistance – PAHO/WHO

A training program led by Minsa professionals, carried out in 12 health institutions in the country with the technical assistance of PAHO/WHO

As part of the PAHO/WHO project “Strengthening international and national surveillance systems by strengthening national laboratory capacity and manpower for the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)” -funded by the Cooperation Agency Korea International, KOICA, in our country-, a technical team from the Ministry of Health (Minsa ) trained specialists from the “Felipe Santiago Arriola Iglesias” Regional Hospital in Loreto and III Iquitos Hospital in the Social Health Insurance (EsSalud) in various areas. ), in order to promote knowledge about health. personnel in the fight against resistance to antibiotics (antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, among other drugs).

The technical assistance – aimed at key players in microbiology, epidemiology, pharmacology and clinical laboratory services – was provided by experts from the National Institute of Health (INS), the National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC Peru) and the General Directorate of Medicine, Supplies and Drugs (Digemid), all these organizations form a multidisciplinary committee to deal with antibiotic resistance.

“These days we have strengthened the skills and abilities of the staff to get a better analysis of the control of antibiotic resistance in Loreto, this included diagnostic methods, the use of WHONET software for data processing and the best use of antibiotics in health”, said Lic. Maritza Mayta, representative of the Multidisciplinary Committee to Address Antimicrobial Resistance and member of the INS technical team.

Lic. Zenobia Quispe, coordinator of the control of infections associated with health care at CDC Peru, who participated as a trainer in the epidemiology component, said for her part that for a solid control of antibiotic resistance, it is necessary that laboratories, epidemiology, pharmacology. and clinical factors work together. “None of the components should work in isolation, we need to work in an integrated and strategic way to get results that enable infection control decisions and that, over time, influence clinical care,” he said.

This training program is developed simultaneously in 12 hospitals in Peru, located in Loreto, Arequipa, Lambayeque, Lima and Callao.

Dr. Carlos Santillán, PAHO/WHO consultant for the control of antibiotic resistance, emphasized that the project seeks to contribute to the country’s efforts by strengthening laboratories, supporting the control of healthcare-associated infections and the consumption of antibiotics in hospitals nationwide. ladder.

“The country has been able to report valuable information to international monitoring systems such as the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS), which allows monitoring the development of antibiotic resistance in the country,” said Santillán, who he emphasized coordinated actions. in the fight against antibiotic resistance among different organizations of the health sector.

Antibiotic resistance: a hidden threat

Antibiotic resistance is now one of the biggest threats to human and animal health, food safety and the environment. Its causes are multiple, and among them is the excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics and their use to promote the growth of animals for human consumption.

As antibiotics become less effective, the number of harder-to-treat infections has increased, leading to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

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