AL Dhaka city congratulates PM on becoming AMR co-chair

Awami League’s Dhaka city north unit has congratulated Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina for becoming the co-chair of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

AL Dhaka city north unit President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and General Secretary SM Mannan Kochi conveyed in a congratulatory message on Saturday, said a press release.

On November 20, PM was made co-chair of One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) along with PM of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley for the netxt three years.

The ‘One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)’, a group jointly initiated by World Health Organisation (WHO), Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (Oie), was created in response to a recommendation from the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and supported by the UN Secretary-General.

The WHO said antimicrobial resistance was endangering food security, economic development and the planet's ability to fight diseases.

Resistance has led to increased health care costs, hospital admissions, treatment failures, severe illnesses and deaths, the UN health agency said.

The WHO joined forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization and with the World Organization for Animal Health to launch a new group to advocate for urgent action to combat the threat.

The One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance will bring together heads of government, company chief executives and civil society leaders.

Discovered in the 1920s, antibiotics have saved tens of millions of lives by seeing off bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and meningitis.

But over the decades, bacteria have learned to fight back, building resistance to the same drugs that once reliably vanquished them -- turning into so-called "superbugs."

 The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations said superbugs were already taking a heavy toll.

"About 700,000 people globally die each year due to antimicrobial resistance," the IFPMA said in a statement welcoming the new group. 

"Without strong action to ensure appropriate use of existing antibiotics, as well as new and better treatments, that figure could rise to 10 million by 2050."

While antibiotics are a key focus, antimicrobial resistance also included resistance to medicines for HIV, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.

The Covid-19 pandemic was a "stark reminder" that human health cannot be advanced while disregarding the health of animals and the environment, he added.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1.36 million people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, while nearly 56.9 million cases have been registered.