Harsh Vardhan emphasizes need for ‘One Health’ approach, Health News, ET HealthWorld


New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that human health cannot be seen in isolation at a time when interactions between humans and animals have increased, which requires an approach “One health”.

Publishing the journal of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) ‘One Health’ Symposium, Vardhan said that “with increased interaction between humans and animals, human health cannot be viewed in isolation,” adding that Covid-19 is more than a reminder of this fact.

“Covid-19 demonstrates the rapid spread of new pathogens that can have a significant impact on the global economy. Preparing for and mitigating such events requires a ‘One Health‘ approach,” the minister said.

“This international symposium focuses on ‘an approach to health‘ which recognizes that human health is closely linked to animal health and our common environment,” he said.

“Many factors must be understood as shaping the global health landscape, such as a greater number of people in closer and regular contact with wild and domestic animals, the increase in the human population, the human habitation in large areas. new geographic areas, ”he added.

“The Earth has experienced changes in climate and land use with practices such as deforestation, intensive agriculture. Disruption of environmental habitats may provide new opportunities for diseases to spread to animals. We know already 64% of all infectious diseases that appeared between 1973 and 1994 had a zoonotic etiology, ”Vardhan added.

The Union Minister of Health said that of the 1,415 diseases to which humans are prone, 61% are zoonotic and 73% of the 177 emerging or emerging infections are also zoonotic.

“India is one of the four global hot spots where there is a huge risk of emergence of infectious zoonotic diseases, drug resistance and foodborne infections,” he warned.

He announced the formation of a high-level steering committee for eco-health initiatives in India and said the committee will have its secretariat hosted at ICMR and will be supported by the upcoming National Institute for One Health.


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