The country’s antimicrobial resistance situation analysis report shows that there is a growing resistance in common infections driven by increased consumption of antibiotics by both human and animals.

It is against this background that the government has launched the 2017-2022 antimicrobial resistance national action plan with the objectives of combating the challenge.

Revelations by the World Health Organisation on the growing antimicrobial resistance infections caused by the increased consumption of antibiotics globally will ultimately lead to 10 million deaths per year, prompting the Zimbabwean government to take steps by launching an antimicrobial resistance national action plan.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Aldrin Musiiwa said the national action plan will ensure more researches are carried out for advanced diagnostics techniques.

WHO representative Dr David Okello said a multi-stakeholder approach is key if antimicrobial resistance is to be combated in a systematic way.

Dr Mirfin Mpundu commented Zimbabwe for taking a bold step by launching the action plan and challenged authorities to fully implement the plan.

Antimicrobial resistance is when micro organisms fail to respond to treatment previously used to treat the infection thereby rendering medications ineffective.

The problem affects humans, animals, crops and the environment.