Kerala Health Department to review action plan progress

According to the department, compliance with the Kerala AMR Strategic Action Plan (KARSAP) by the stakeholders is the need of the hour.

Published: 23rd September 2019 10:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2019 10:42 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala health minister, K K shailaja

Kerala Health minister KK Shailaja (File Photo | EPS)

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When Kerala launched the strategic action plan for containing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in October last year, it became the first state in the country to do so. However, with almost a year on, the Health Department is worried that some of the stakeholders are lagging in executing the action plan in letter and spirit.

According to the department, compliance with the Kerala AMR Strategic Action Plan (KARSAP) by the stakeholders is the need of the hour. “Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as the new public health challenge. In the latest, we came across a colistin resistance gene from Ernakulam General Hospital. The frightening aspect is that colistin is considered to be one of the last-resort antibiotics used against multidrug-resistant bacteria,” said an officer of the Health Department.

Dr Sarada Devi KL, head of the Microbiology Department at GMC, Thiruvananthapuram, said, “KARSAP is pivotal in AMR surveillance, prevention and research. Thus, its implementation status needs to be assessed. For the same, we will ask the stakeholders to come out with a status report on the projects they had promised to undertake under KARSAP.”

As per sources, the implementation of KARSAP is not that satisfactory as activities including reducing the incidence of infection through effective prevention and control in environment and optimising the use of antibiotics were found to be a nonstarter

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp