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Bahrain lawmakers to join hands with UN in fight against antimicrobial resistance

TDT | Manama                                                      

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

Bahraini legislatures are joining hands with the United Nations to strengthen the battle against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This is after recognising the urgent threat posed by the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs.

AMR occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi become resistant to antimicrobial treatments to which they were previously susceptible.

With this in mind, Shura Council members are gearing up to inject crucial provisions within the Kingdom’s Public Health Law to tackle the growing concern regarding antimicrobial resistance impacting the health of citizens and residents.

Led by Dr. Jameela Al Salman, Jamal Fakhro, Dr. Jihad Al Fadhel, Dalal Al Zayed, and Dr. Bassam Al Binmohammed, the proposed amendments seek to further strengthen healthcare practices, mitigate health risks, and alleviate financial burdens caused by antimicrobial-resistant infections.


If passed, the Ministry of Health will spearhead the implementation of this comprehensive plan, aiming to optimise the use of antimicrobial drugs while curbing their misuse.

The initiative echoes global calls from organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) to address the burgeoning antimicrobial resistance crisis.

Members say that by obligating the Public Health Affairs department to enforce the national strategy, Bahrain stands poised to set a formidable example in the fight against this pervasive threat.

Key components of the proposal include heightened awareness campaigns targeting healthcare professionals and the general public.

The move aims to groom a deeper understanding of antimicrobial resistance, allowing people here to make informed decisions regarding their health and treatment options.

The Services Committee of the Council has thrown its weight behind the proposed amendments, citing reasons such as bridging legislative gaps, aligning with international standards, and bolstering the Ministry of Health's efforts to implement global recommendations.

If approved, the amended law will not only fortify Bahrain’s healthcare infrastructure but also set a precedent for proactive governance in the face of evolving health challenges.