Source: New Zealand Medical Association, 21 September
New Zealand is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the health
effects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and more needs to be
done to stave off a major health crisis, says the New Zealand
Medical Association (NZMA).
"Standard treatments for relatively common ailments are becoming
ineffective, because the pathogens that cause them no longer
respond to the drugs available," says NZMA Chair Dr Stephen Child.
"The NZMA joins with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
and the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine in calling on
the Government to ensure an AMR strategy is developed by May 2017
and an action plan is appropriately funded."
The development of AMR in humans and in other species are
inextricably linked, and-while medical professionals have a key
role to play in avoiding the overuse of antibiotics-a 'One Health'
approach across human and animal health is needed to tackle the
"We support antimicrobial stewardship being a national priority,
which will need widespread commitment and leadership from all
sectors in New Zealand," says Dr Child. "Today's unprecedented
United Nations discussion on this is a signal that world leaders
are taking this seriously. It is important that New Zealand plays