New Delhi: Advancing its efforts in systematically tackling the problem of drug resistance in the country, the national body of healthcare professionals, Indian Medical Association (IMA) announced the formation of National Alliance of Medical Professionals on Antimicrobial Resistance (NAMP-AMR).

Uniting on a common platform to strategise against this important health crisis, this initiative brings together leaders and representatives of 52 medical specialty organisations/associations from across the nation, IMA said.

Highlighting the severity of the problem Dr Narendra Saini, Chairman of IMA AMR, said, “AMR poses a significant threat to the health of our Nation in 2019, there were 297,000 deaths attributable to AMR and 1,042,500 deaths associated with AMR in our country. The formation of NAMP-AMR by the Indian Medical Association marks the beginning of a concerted National effort to tackle this crisis head-on.”

Dr VK Paul from NITI Aayog, describing it as the right step in the right direction has affirmed their commitment to addressing AMR and expressed concern over the potential impact of it on Viksit Bharat, including prosperity, GDP, and various health aspects.

“By starting from the basics and strengthening medical education, healthcare professionals can contribute to better healthcare practices and combat AMR,” stated Dr Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services (DGHS).

  • Published On Jul 10, 2024 at 01:08 PM IST

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