FAO warns about global risk due to use of antimicrobials

ROME, Feb. 11 (MNA) – Excessive use and misuse of antimicrobials are threatening public health and puts the world food security in danger, FAO representative Helena Semedo highlighted on Wednesday.

“A coordinated effort is necessary in a global scale; we face inherent risks of increasing resistance by pathological agents to drugs conceived to fight different infections and diseases, because of mismanagement of such medicines,” the expert said.

The Deputy Director General of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) also added that the situation had reached such point that a century of progress in human and animal health could be reversed.

“We have to help preserve drugs that save lives,” Semedo told the European Health and Agriculture ministers, who held a meeting in a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam. She recalled that the appearance of resistant microbes to antibiotics and other pharmaceutical agents also threatened animal health, the rural means of life and food security. In 2015, the government FAO Conference requested an urgent national and international action to respond to that increasing vulnerability of the world sea and land food production systems, she said.

 

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