Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kingdom eyes drug data

Kingdom eyes drug data

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
WHO representatives present during a two-day meeting on antimicrobial resistance in Cambodia. Yesenia Amaro

Kingdom eyes drug data

Cambodia, which has experienced an alarming rate of resistance to antibiotics due to overuse, hopes to join other countries in sharing antimicrobial resistance data through a global system beginning next year, officials said on the sidelines of a meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday.

In anticipation of that participation, the Ministry of Health this year launched a pilot programme on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in eight hospitals across the country, said Nov Vandarith, AMR coordinator for the National Institute of Public Health.

“We will expand when we have available resources in the near future,” he said.

Data collected from April to October under the pilot show high rates of antimicrobial resistance in isolates of E.coli, klebsiella pneumoniae and salmonella from the reporting hospitals, of which four are in the capital. It is difficult to draw conclusions from the data, however, as this is the first year it has been tracked.

Sometime next year, the country will begin to upload its data into the WHO’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, Vandarith said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • The Christian NGO empowering Cambodian families in Siem Reap

    With its basketball court, football pitch, tennis court and ninja warrior water sports area, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Siem Reap campus of International Christian Fellowship (ICF) Cambodia is a sports centre. But while these free, family-friendly activities are one of the