Dominica observes World Health Day 2011

Dominica joins the rest of the world in the observance of World Health Day.

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. Each year the organization selects a key health issue and encourages people from all ages and all backgrounds to hold events that highlight the significance of this issue for good health and well–being.  World Health Day provides a unique opportunity for communities from across the world to come together for one day to promote actions that can improve our health.

This year’s World Health Day is observed under the global theme, “Combat Drug Resistance, no action today, and no cure tomorrow.” The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness among the population on the side effects of micro bacterial resistance, one of the world greatest threat to the control and cure of infectious diseases.

This is of importance to the Ministry of Health, because resistant infections can spread to others, imposes a huge cost to the health services and it could also disrupt the progress towards reaching health targets set by the Ministry.

The Ministry of Health joins with World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight to combat antimicrobial resistance and will continue to improve our systems to enhance infection prevention and control in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

The Ministry of Health also calls on civil society and all other key stakeholders, including the public and patients, practitioners and prescribers, pharmacists and dispensers to join the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Radio and television discussions, distribution of leaflets on World Health Day and on-going training for health professionals will be the highlight of this occasion. Let’s come together and put a fight against these dangerous infectious agents.

Remember “No action today, and No cure tomorrow”.

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