Combating problem of antimicrobial resistance is need of the hour–Experts
Antimicrobial Awareness Week commences at Vet Varsity
Centre for One health (COH), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana is organizing “World Antimicrobial Awareness Week” which is commenced from today, 18th November, till 24th November 2021. This is an annual event celebrated all over the world under the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), between 18-24 November. For the year 2021, the proposed theme is “Spread awareness, stop resistance”. The main aim of the event is to increase global awareness of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as well as to encourage best practices to prevent the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. At Centre for One Health, week-long events have been organized. Dr. Randhir Singh, Dr. Simranpreet Kaur, and Dr. J.S. Bedi, Director, COH are coordinating programmes under the aegis of Institutional Development Project-NAHEP project, GADVASU, Ludhiana.
A series of lectures will be delivered by guest speakers and faculty of Centre for One Health on antimicrobial usage and resistance in human and animals in the following week. In this contexts the expert lectures were delivered today by Dr. Pallab Ray, Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh, on the topic “Microbe, Man and AMR” and Dr. Manisha Biswal, Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh, on the topic “Basics on Infection Control and Prevention” in Centre for One Health. The event was inaugurated by Dr. JPS Gill, Director Research, GADVASU who highlighted the importance of antimicrobial resistance and the role of animal husbandry sector and the challenges ahead. He emphasized on the participation of all the stakeholders under one health umbrella to combat the emerging problem of antimicrobial resistance.
In the days to come, lectures and workshops will be organized for school students by Centre for One Health to raise awareness about antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance among school students. The UG and PG students will be encouraged to participate in quiz and e-poster competition. In this regard, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, and Dr. SPS Ghuman, Dean College of Veterinary Science, congratulated the organizing committee and motivated them to inculcate awareness for best practices to be followed in order to address the upcoming health issues.