Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Workshop

On 7-9 March, 2017, a workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance was held in Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside with more than 50 participants from various backgrounds attended such as the Department of Fisheries, Department of Veterinary Service, Fisheries Research Institute, Veterinary Research Institute, Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Hospitals and other institutions and healthcare companies.This workshop was a continuation from the seminar that was held the day before with the same objectives which are to develop the AMR surveillance in animal health, to strengthen and harmonize the AMR surveillance in human, animal and also food.

The first day of the workshop began with the Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Mohamed Nazir Paa from the Ministry of Health and continued with an Introduction to the Workshop by Dr Suraya Amir Husin from the Ministry of Health. In her introductory speech, Dr. Suraya explained that the aim of the workshop was to establish a Malaysian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (MARSS) by the end of the workshop.

The workshop then continued with the introduction to the AMR Surveillance Manual Development to the participants from the guest speakers; Dr Amanda Beaudoin and Dr. Julio Alvarez, from University of Minnesota, United State in which they also facilitated the participants throughout the 3-days workshop. In the beginning of the workshop, the participants were divided into 2 groups according to their discipline in categories of human and animal. After a deep and informative discussion with the facilitators about the framework and elements that should be in the surveillance’s manual, the participants were divided into a smaller group to come out with their own ways to produce the surveillance’s manual based on their own discipline and expertise. On the last day of the workshop, each group presented their findings and the workshop ended with the Closing Remarks from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Latiffah Hassan from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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