Animal health experts at a post-rally discussion here unequivocally called for stopping the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance as its consequence is very much hazardous to the public health.
They identically mentioned that all sorts of overrated and frequent uses of antibiotics in the human body as well as in all other domestic animals like cattle, goat, poultry birds and fish are always harmful. So, effective and meaningful steps should be taken to stop the unethical uses of antibiotics at once.
Rajshahi divisional and district offices of the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) organized the discussion at the office conference hall of Divisional Director of DLS on Thursday to mark the World Antibiotic Awareness Week- 2022.
“Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together” is the main theme of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week this year.
Deputy Director of Veterinary Public Health Dr Abdul Mazid and District Training Officer Dr Ismail Haque addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively, while District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akter Hossain was in the chair.
The discussants viewed all sectors concerned should encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials and to strengthen preventive measures besides working together through a One Health approach.
During his keynote presentation on Antimicrobial Resistance in Bangladesh, Professor Mozaffor Hossain from the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Rajshahi University said there is no alternative to stop the use of antibiotics without prescription to ensure a sound public health.
He mentioned that antibiotic resistance destroys the immunity power of the human body and subsequently makes the body vulnerable to many communicable diseases.
Dr Mozaffor Hossain said the present government is committed to prevent antibiotic resistance and urged all authorities concerned to supplement the government efforts collectively.
He told the meeting that they have a plan of launching an effective antimicrobial surveillance in human, fish and poultry birds through undertaking an integrated programme.
They will also adopt a controlling measure on selling antimicrobials without prescription, he added.
Earlier on, officials and staff of DLS brought out a colourful rally and paraded some of the city streets to create public awareness on the issue.