Task force for creation of surveillance system for antibiotics

New Delhi: The Government has constituted a task force to recommend the design for creation of a National Surveillance System for antibiotics resistance.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said irrational use of antibiotics and over-prescription of antibiotics are contributing
factors for anti-biotic resistance.

He said the ministry has constituted a task force to review the current situation regarding manufacture, use and misuse of antibiotics in the country, to initiate studies documenting prescription patterns and establish a monitoring system for the same and to enforce and enhance regulatory provisions for use of antibiotics in human, veterinary and industrial use.

The task force is expected to submit its report by month end and the future course of action will depend on the examination of its recommendations.