Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought coordinated global action to monitor the nature of infections, implement the required control measures and raise awareness against the widespread use of antibiotics.
"We should also ensure affordable access to new antibiotics by all. For this, I also call for increased internationally coordinated investment for more research for inventing a new generation of antibiotics," she said.
The PM was speaking at the press event of the launching of "One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance" virtually from the Gono Bhaban as a co-chair.
She said there is no doubt that antimicrobial resistance has become a global public health challenge both for humans and animals endangering food production and leading all towards catastrophic results.
"We're running out of available antibiotics and soon could face another global emergency, far worse than the current Covid-19 pandemic," Hasina observed.
She mentioned that this menace has the potential of rolling back most of human's medical and therapeutic successes achieved through scientific advancements over the ages.
"The unnecessary use of antibiotics, wrong doses and overall poor infection prevention are causing this grave situation," the PM said.
Inspired by the WHO Global Action Plan in 2015, Hasina said Bangladesh formulated the "National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance Containment 2017–2022".