Use antibiotics effectively to reduce drug-resistance

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She issued a statement in connection with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is being observed around the world from November 13-19 under the theme 'Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.' Activities during the week will include distribution of awareness material for human and animal health sectors, seminars and awareness walks, among others.

Doctors increasingly rely on last resort antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, but as harmful bacteria continue to mutate, this final line of resistance will eventually fail.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.

"Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we can not ignore", says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO.

Councillor Sweet added: "In addition, people take antibiotics for mild infections when they don't need to".

Governments and their citizens must take responsibility when it comes to the use of antibiotics. It also promotes public education about the illnesses antibiotics treat, how to appropriately take antibiotics, and the side effects of antibiotics.

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Suzanne Dougherty, executive vice president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, noted that most of the antibiotics used in poultry are ionophores, which are not considered by FDA or World Health Organization to be medically important to humans. This, in turn, limits the arsenal of antibiotics that healthcare professionals are able to use to tackle disease effectively.

"I encourage everyone to use Antibiotics Awareness Week as a chance to think about antibiotics to make sure we use them smartly and appropriately".

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programme Life Healthcare has been active in Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) for a number of years.

As Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) rolls round again, patients are being reminded that dental problems are best treated by a dentist, with emphasis on the correct diagnosis and treatment to ensure optimal health management.

Any new class of antimicrobials or new antimicrobial combination developed for use in humans will be considered critically important for human medicine unless categorised otherwise by WHO. "But it's important for physicians to correctly prescribe and educate patients about antibiotics to help themselves, people they care about, and the future of medicine".

The WHO said their guidelines contribute directly to the aims of the Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015 and the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted in 2016.