A group of doctors working with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Bangladesh have called on physicians to ensure rational use of antibiotics for humans and animals alike.
Bangladesh AMR Response Alliance doctors made the call at a press release on Saturday on the eve of World Veterinary Day.
The day will be observed with the theme "Role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security and safety."
The alliance is a community of professional doctors including human and animal doctors, working together to combat AMR in Bangladesh under the One Health initiative.
The alliance members participated in a three-day-long training on AMR for human and animal doctors, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization.
“It was really a new and excellent experience for me... I came to know the rational use of antibiotics,” said Dr Bayzer Rahman, a poultry veterinarian.
According to the alliance, AMR development is a global health threat that requires multi-sectoral action to curb it.
AMR refers to microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites – that have acquired resistance to antimicrobial substances. Antimicrobial use in Bangladesh is widespread in humans (prescribed by doctors and used as extended care facilities) and veterinary medicine (used on animals as prescribed by veterinarians and used in livestock feed or water) contributing to resistance in bacteria which could then lead to antibiotic failure to treat bacterial infections.
Remarks from physicians and veterinarians in attendance hinted at them knowing about the misuse of antibiotics in human and animal treatment, but lacking knowledge of the severity of antibiotic usage.
BIRDEM Deputy Director Dr Nazimul Islam said there is no alternative other than ensuring rational use of antibiotics for people's well-being. He said he knew very little about the use of critical antibiotics in the poultry industry before this workshop.