Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

Faith Castro
November 15, 2017

The week-long event will take place from Monday 13 November as part of a campaign from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness of the rise of bacterial infections that no longer respond to antibiotic treatment.

Among the WHO's the highest priority antibiotics are quinolones, 3rd and higher generation cephalosporins, macrolides and ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins (also known as colistin).

"[These] are practical steps that would promote prudent use of antimicrobials in the region", explained Kadiresan.

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. FDA allows the use of these antimicrobials for the treatment, control and prevention of disease in food-producing animals only under the professional oversight of licensed veterinarians.

Jacobs-Young noted that under current FDA policy, medically important antibiotics are not used for growth promotion in animals.

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"A lot of times people come in expecting physicians in here to prescribe antibiotics for their cold symptoms", says Nguyen. "Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe". While these efforts will surely be fruitful, the best way for us to combat the public health threats from bacterial infections is for patients and doctors alike to do their part and prescribe and use antibiotics only when needed and only as directed.

"We are all in this fight together, but the Awareness week is about bringing the message to all New Zealanders - so they can understand that when they see a health professional, they may increasingly hear a message that antibiotics just aren't the answer for their particular health issue". He is passionate about antibiotic awareness, because it's crucial that hospitals can continue to use antibiotics.

"The lectures will be presented by some of the national core group members and members of the advisory committee, and will focus on the findings on antibiotic use and resistance in the AMR situational analysis".

"The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date".

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.

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