Physicians and veterinarians must work together

Dr Xavier Deau, President of the World Medical Association (WMA)

Madrid, May 21 GNA – Dr Xavier Deau, President of the World Medical Association (WMA), has called for an integrated approach by physicians and veterinarians to combat health threats including antimicrobial resistance.

He said the world urgently needs such an approach to combat an increasing amount of antimicrobial resistance and the threat from re-emerging infections.

Dr Deau was speaking at a ‘One Health’ conference in Madrid, organised by WMA and World Veterinary Association, in collaboration with the Spanish Medical and Veterinary associations

He said human health, animal health, and the ecosystems are interlinked and calls for a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to address risks that merges at the animal-human-ecosystems interface.

‘There is a commonly shared concern that as cross-border human, animal, food and seeds mobility increases, so does the threat of the spread of dangerous pathogens and infectious diseases.

‘More education and more training for the next generation of experts are required. We also need a framework for information-sharing to detect and fill knowledge gaps, and to strengthen inter-disciplinary cooperation,’ he said.

Dr Deau added: ‘Our key objectives should be to promote a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach in order to improve human health and animal well-being. We need to foster scientific research on zoonosis and vector-borne infectious disease.

‘We also must create synergies and facilitate the sharing of data between researchers. And it is important that new scientific findings should be disseminated and translated to anyone who might benefit from them.’

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Maxwell Awumah, GNA Special Correspondent, Madrid, Spain, Courtesy World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) and World Health Editors Network (WHEN).


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