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Centre hosts two-day national consultation on legal environment for One Health initiative, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Advancing its efforts towards the aspirational, One Health initiative the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) are organising a two-day multi-stakeholder national consultation on legal environment assessment for one health initiative in the national capital.

According to the government, the consultation is being organised to brainstorm on the legal and policy perspectives on the core domains of one health i.e., IHR, biosafety & security, zoonoses, Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), food-borne illness, and climate change and health, etc.

The objective of this two-day event is to assess the current legal framework; foster multi-sectoral dialogue; develop actionable recommendations and to promote inter-sectoral collaboration, the announcement read.

Inaugurating the event by Dr Vinod Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said, “India is ahead of several countries in drafting the legal framework to support and strengthen the implementation of the One Health initiative. COVID-19 has forced us to re-focus our attention on the importance of zoonotic diseases and the intricate linkages between the human, animal and plant ecosystems.”

Highlighting the need of such steps another attendee Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) said, More than 75 per cent of the diseases that affect humans are zoonotic diseases and the government is committed towards preventing and managing risks at the human-animal-plant interface through the One Health approach.

One Health initiative has been one of the main topics of discussion during the G20 under the One Earth, One Family, One Future umbrella. She emphasised on the need for capacity building of the on-ground functionaries and communities for successful implementation of the One Health initiative.

“One Health’ is a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder initiative; collective and coordinated action needed for its success at the ground level, ” Chandra added.

Speaking at the event Leena Nandan, Secretary MoEFCC, emphasised, “One Health initiative has been one of the main topics of discussion during the G20 under the one earth, one family, one Future umbrella. At present there is a need to focus on building the capacity of on-ground functionaries and communities for its successful implementation.”

  • Published On Jun 27, 2024 at 05:13 PM IST

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