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Antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution is among the biggest emerging health threats, a UN Environment report said on Tuesday.

Antibiotics that has spilled from farms into the natural environment may be a bigger factor in spreading resistance to life-saving drugs than previously thought, report says.

In the last five years antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has gained greater importance and climbed up higher on the global health and development agenda. In 2011, an initiative by India was culminated in the Jaipur Declaration on AMR by the 11 countries of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region. In response to request by the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO coordinated the development of a global action plan (GAP) against AMR through extensive process of consultation.

Approximately 10.5% of medicines in low and middle income countries including India are sub-standard and falsified, said WHO in this report.

If the antibiotics don't work on you falling ill, blame it on milk, eggs, chicken and other food stuff of animal origin.

Prasad also called for strong guidelines for the fast food chains in India so that the burning issue of health hazards by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can be tackled.

The antibiotics used in animals can enter the human body and make it resistant to the drugs.

Studies have shown that drug resistance cases are on the rise across the world

To limit antibiotics in meat

While on the one hand it is critical to control overuse, on the other there is need to improve antibiotics access to the poor and vulnerable