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Stop over-the-counter sale of antibiotics

Experts tell seminar

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Stop over-the-counter sale of antibiotics

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Experts at a seminar on Sunday said over-the-counter sale of antibiotics should be stopped to prevent antimicrobial resistance.   

Antimicrobial resistance, which may affect the human health seriously, has been alarming in Bangladesh, they said.

The experts made the statement while addressing a seminar titled ‘Antimicrobial Resistance Problem: Together We Resist It’ at a hotel in the capital.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), its Communicable Disease Control (CDC) unit, USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) and Bangladesh Health Reporters Forum jointly organised the event. 

The experts said excessive use of antibiotics is posing serious risk to public health.

Antibiotics are losing effectiveness due to its misuse, which is causing antibiotic resistance, they said.

DGHS Director General Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam lamented that many people take antibiotics without prescription even in normal health complications like mild viral fever.

“It is one of the main reasons behind rise in creating antibiotic resistance in human body. So, over-the-counter sale of antibiotics and less than minimum course of the drugs should be stopped,” he added.

USAID Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Specialist Dr Abul Kalam Azad, DGHS Additional Director General Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir, DGHS Director (CDC) Prof Dr Nazmul Islam, Bangladesh Microbiology Association President Dr Sanya Tahmina, IEDCR Chief Scientific Officer Dr Zakir Hossain Habib, Fleming Fund Country Grants Bangladesh team lead Prof Nitish Debnath and USAID MTaPS programme team lead Dr SM Zahid also spoke at the programme.