Prime Minister’s emphasis on antimicrobial resistance

Noman Sabit/Bangla Press, New York ::

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasized sustained political will and action to prevent antimicrobial resistance (AMR) before it becomes a major crisis. This news was reported by the American media Bangla Press.

He said, ‘AMR is a problem that can turn into a crisis. This could lead to millions of deaths worldwide. We need sustained political will and action to prevent this.’ Hence, there is no alternative to create mass awareness about AMR, said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was speaking at the start of a breakfast meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at the Lexington Hotel in Manhattan on Thursday (September 22).

He said work was underway to raise the issue from this group of world leaders, but it was clear that more needed to be done.

He also said, ‘The strategic priorities have been identified appropriately. We need to ensure that they are properly implemented. We need to settle on a ‘uniform health system’.’

Meanwhile, pointing out that nearly 150 countries have their national action plans on AMR, Sheikh Hasina said, low and middle income countries need meaningful support to implement them.

He said AMR should gain importance in international development cooperation and the multi-partner trust fund established in 2019 could be the preferred instrument.

He also noted that there is a need to create a strong investment climate for AMR at the global and national levels.
The Prime Minister said monitoring is important to understand the responsibility and response of AMR. Bangladesh has been reporting on the Glass platform since 2019.

He added that involvement of all relevant stakeholders is essential and a patient-centric approach is important. He also noted that early diagnosis can be ensured through linkages with primary health care systems.
Citing the lack of research and innovation for new AMR vaccines and other treatments as a major cause of concern, Sheikh Hasina said the private sector needs proper incentives for this.

There is a risk of developing AMR for some complex pathogens, he says, adding that the evidence and data collected on this topic are eye-opening.

The Chief Minister said that there is no alternative to creating mass awareness about AMR and the annual World Awareness Week in November is an apt occasion for this.

Sheikh Hasina opined that reporting on these indicators can help in formulating AMR policies affecting human health, animal health, food systems and the environment.

He hopes that this morning’s meeting is being held to generate more political momentum against AMR and everyone wants to know, hear and benefit from the experts’ thoughts, findings.

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