The increasing use of antibiotics to fatten cows must stop to control antibiotic resistance, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said yesterday at an event at the Directorate General of Medicines Administration, marking Global Week 2021 Antimicrobial Awareness Campaign.
A 2019 study by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) showed that antibiotics lost their ability to kill germs quickly.
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The minister urged drug sellers not to sell antibiotics without a prescription.
“If you do this, you will be fined and imprisoned. The cabinet has already approved the regulations in this regard,” the minister said.
“Once passed in parliament,
everything will be controlled in accordance with the law “, added the minister.
With the theme “Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance”, the week is celebrated from November 18 to 24 around the world.
The minister also said that children will soon receive vaccines in their schools.
After the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination program last month, only schoolchildren in Dhaka have been vaccinated in specific schools or vaccination centers.
This has caused problems in registrations and consequent vaccination procedures for students, according to the minister.
As part of the vaccination campaign, children aged 12 to 17 received Pfizer vaccines.
The campaign will soon spread to other districts of the country, the minister said.