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AMR’ll account for 10 million annual deaths by 2050- WHO

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…calls for urgent actions, improved media collaboration

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described Anti-Microbial Resistance AMR) as a silent epidemic capable of killing 10 million people slowly without notice annually by year 2050 if left unattended to.

The UCN Cluster Lead/AMR Expert, WHO, Dr. Chavan Laxmikant disclosed this during his presentation at the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) 7th Annual Conference with the overarching theme, “Health Security: Nigeria’s Efforts to Achieve Universal Health Coverage,”

According to Laxmikant, while the use of quality antibiotics is key in tackling AMR as a matter of urgency, there is equally a need for accurate dissemination of information, and responsible reporting in shaping public perception towards AMR.

The WHO expert underscored the crucial role played by the media in the fight against AMR, and called for effective collaboration with the media to help stem the tide through increased accurate dissemination of information about the silent epidemic, coverage frequency, fact-checking, and responsible reporting to build a well-informed society.

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” Aactive media involvement will create a healthier future in combating AMR through accurate information dissemination and collaboration with key stakeholders,” said Laxmikant.

Similarly in his virtual presentation, the Technical Officer, Vaccine Preventable Diseases Cluster (VPD), WHO, Dr. Olayiwola Olanike addressed ANHEJ members on the importance of sustainable health practices in Nigeria.

Dr. Olanike emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach to address health determinants, ranging from environmental sustainability to community engagement.

He also maintained the significant role of multi-sectoral policies, disaster planning, and inclusive programs to ensure universal health coverage.

Dr. Olanike’s presentation further stressed the interconnectedness of health and the environment, and urged for a shift toward low-carbon solutions and a focus on prevention and control of diseases.

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The expert also shared insights into ongoing initiatives, such as the unlocking economy programs to foster sustainable development and improve healthcare access.

People annually called for media collaboration to combat silent Epidemic in Nigeria.

The UCN Cluster Lead/AMR Expert, WHO, Dr. Chavan Laxmikant made the call during his presentation at the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) 7th Annual Conference with the overarching theme, “Health Security: Nigeria’s Efforts to Achieve Universal Health Coverage,”

Dr. Laxmikant emphasized the critical role of media professionals in raising awareness about the silent epidemic.

Highlighting the global impact of AMR, Dr. Laxmikant urged journalists to collaborate in disseminating accurate information, advocate for responsible reporting, and playing a key role in shaping public perception.

The workshop outlined the challenges posed by AMR, including increased healthcare costs and the potential for 10 million annual deaths by 2050, emphasizing the need for urgent action.

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Media partnership was underscored as a crucial element in the fight against AMR, with a call to increase coverage frequency, fact-checking, and responsible reporting to build a well-informed society.

The workshop concluded with a plea for active media involvement in creating a healthier future by combating AMR through accurate information dissemination and collaboration with key stakeholders.

In his virtual presentation, the Technical Officer, Vaccine Preventable Diseases Cluster (VPD), WHO Dr. Olayiwola Olanike addressed ANHEJ members on the importance of sustainable health practices in Nigeria.

With a background in public health and environmental leadership, Dr. Olanike emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach to address health determinants, ranging from environmental sustainability to community engagement.

He highlighted the significance of multi-sectoral policies, disaster planning, and inclusive programs to ensure universal health coverage.

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Dr. Olanike presentation stressed the interconnectedness of health and the environment, urging a shift toward low-carbon solutions and a focus on prevention and control of diseases.
The expert also shared insights into ongoing initiatives, such as the “Unlocking Economy” program, aimed at fostering sustainable development and improving healthcare access.

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