Dr Gwajima made the call over the weekend in Dar es Salaam during the commemoration of the world antimicrobials awareness.
She also directed the medical and pharmacy councils to supervise prescription and handling control regulation of 2021.
She said it is the duty and responsibility of the leaders to mobilize resources and find means of overcoming the problem which is affecting the nation and the economy.
“I direct scientists in the areas of human health, livestock, environment, agriculture and the media to commemorate the world antimicrobials awareness week by educating and raising awareness to the general public,” she said.
She warned traders and businessmen conducting pharmaceutical stores and shops to adhere to the national laws and principles. She asked them to make sure that the pharmaceuticals and drugs being sold are the right ones and are only those allowed to be sold.
Speaking on behalf of WHO representative to Tanzania Dr. Tigest Mengestu, the Organization’s Essential medicines focal person Rose Shija said according to this year’s theme which says spread awareness, stop resistance, calls for all stakeholders of one health approach, decision and policy makers and the general public to be the champions.
“WHO has announced antimicrobial as one of the ten threats of community health. We therefore need collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to address the problem of infection, prevention and control,” she said.
Dr. Elibariki Mwakapije from FAO Tanzania explained that there are series of awareness creation activities going on across the country such as Dodoma, Morogoro and Zanzibar. He called on the media and the general public to continue educating the people to smoke out the problem.
Speaking on behalf of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Dr. Gibbor Kayuni from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries cautioned sectors of agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to be very careful and seek professional advice before using the medicines because it has huge effect to the economy.