Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh, shared his views regarding AMR
containment in a press conference at the Ministry of Health on 6 October 2022.
The honourable minister stressed that AMR is a silent epidemic and needs urgent attention for its containment. The irrational use of antibiotics needs to be stopped. The quack doctors are not qualified to prescribe the antibiotics and they will no longer be allowed to do that. The antibiotics will be marketed in a red colour package to increase awareness on antibiotics among public.
The over-the-counter sale of antibiotics will also be soon prohibited by law. The Drug Act 2022 is about to be finalised, and once the law is passed in parliament, it will be implemented immediately. Mass awareness building efforts on the need of rational use of antibiotics will be undertaken so that the public will be cautious in using antibiotics and show compliance with doctor prescriptions.
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