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EU health and agriculture ministers met at the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) conference in Amsterdam on February 10. The outcome of the meeting was that European countries will jointly tackle antimicrobial resistance in the health and agriculture sectors.
At the opening of this conference health minister of the Netherlands Edith Schippers reminded that “every year, as many as 25,000 people in Europe die from untreatable bacterial infections.” She as well urged better prevention of infections and more restraint in the use of antibiotics. She said that new antibiotics also need to be developed, along with alternatives to antibiotics, while better diagnostic techniques will enable these drugs to be used more effectively and sparingly. The growing problem of antimicrobial resistance is driving up healthcare costs and also has economic implications for society.
Speech of Edith Schippers:
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