21 September 2016
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).
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 problem.
“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 its part.”