Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have jointly launched iNAP, Ireland’s ‘One Health’ National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, 2017-2020.
Minister Creed said: "Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is everyone’s problem and one that cannot be solved unless we all work together to find solutions. In the area of agriculture, solutions need to focus on optimising animal health, thereby reducing the need to use antibiotics in the first place and ensuring that when antibiotics are used, that they are used in accordance with prudent use guidelines. Good progress has already been made in certain areas but further work needs to be done if we are to combat the growing threat of AMR. Both Minister Harris and I believe that iNAP will give overarching support and direction to all the good work that is already in train across the different sectors at national level.”
The Ministers agreed that the production of this action plan is an important milestone on the path to combating AMR, and that "the real work starts today as together we set about implementing this ambitious plan for our future, for our children’s future and for all of global society”.
iNAP was developed following the WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. It can be found here.