WHO organizes seminar to commemorate World Antimicrobials Awareness Week

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PESHAWAR
World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday organized a seminar at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly with the support of provincial Health Department to commemorate the World Antimicrobials Awareness Week, 2021.
The event was aimed to increase awareness of global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and encourage best practices amongst the general public, health workers, and policy makers to avoid further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
Speaker Provincial Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani chaired the seminar while Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan, Chairman Standing Committee on Health and Special Secretary Health, parliamentarians, representative of the Health Department, Director General Drugs Control and Pharmacy Services, developing partners, academia, representatives of Medical Teaching Institutes, private hospitals, individuals from different walks of life attended the seminar.
Participants were briefed by representatives of WHO about the current situation of AMR and its Global Action Plan. WHO presented the burden on the Health Care System around the world posed by AMR and risk associated by the year 2050.
WHO emphasized on the role of government legislators in awareness and education of masses and also stressed upon formulating laws to prevent AMR in the community.
Subsequently, DrAttaullah from KP Health Department briefed the participants regarding actions being taken by the Department of Health to curb the misuse of antimicrobials and thus reducing AMR.
He stressed on strengthening the AMR surveillance and creating mass awareness.
Currently, there is no mechanism in place in KP to forbid the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs in the community.
At the end of the event, Speaker KP Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani thanked WHO for organizing this event and vowed to work on legislation required to reduce AMR.
He directed the Department of Health to draft a bill on “restricting over the counter sales of Antimicrobials” and table it for the approval of the House.
Other legislators also expressed commitment to work for awareness in the community.
The event was followed by an awareness walk participated by the speaker, parliamentarians, representatives of the Health Department, Director General Drugs Control and Pharmacy Services, developing partners, academia, representatives of Medical Teaching Institutes, private hospitals, individuals from different walks of life.