(Barbados Today) Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has been appointed to co-chair the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), along with Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.
The appointments took effect November 20, and will be for three years.
Mottley told the Barbados Government Information Service she was pleased to have been invited to co-chair this critical group, which has an extremely important role to play at this time. She pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared AMR as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.
The Prime Minister added that the WHO is on record as saying that the cost of antimicrobial resistance to national economies and their health systems is significant.
“Therefore, you can see why this area would occupy my attention and that of my Government because we seek to put people at the centre of everything we do. The wealth of a nation and by extension the world, is bound up in its citizens’ health,” she said.