Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for curbing the excessive use of antibiotics side by side with paying more attention to the use of food additives and chemicals to check non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“Sadly, NCD prevention and control programmes have remained a low priority for national and international engagements. But it is increasingly clear that we can no longer ignore these problems,” she said while addressing a high-level meeting on NCDs here today. need to pay more attention to the use of food additives,chemicals, residual pollutants, enzymes, hormones, and even try “And as part and parcel of combating the NCDs, we Presidents of Zimbabwe, Hungary, Namibia, Trinidad Tobago, to curb the excessive use of antibiotics,” she added. and Senegal addressed, among others, the daylong meeting. Terming NCDs as a growing developmental challenge inBangladesh as well as the world, the Prime Minister soughtunqualified support and enhanced resources from all development partners. “The challenges of NCDs require matching resources which canbe generated by public-private partnerships,” she said,expressing the hope that the meeting would help raise our concerns and work towards developing common approaches to NCDs. Sheikh Hasina also stressed the need for easy transfer oftechnology and access to medicines at affordable prices to “Indeed by actually rising above nationalconsiderations, together we can prevent and control NCDs and control NCDs. realize our common goals on health and development,” she said.