'Halt sale of antibiotics by unqualified persons' - Health Minister directs 3 bodies

Faith Castro
November 13, 2018

Pfizer Pakistan in recognition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is celebrated from November 12 to 18, reaffirmed its commitment to working with the industry partners and policymakers to help prevent and combat the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacteria that cause disease in both animals and plants, and potentially in humans via contact with infected animals or contaminated food.

During Antibiotic Awareness Week Southern DHB patients, visitors and staff are being educated about antibiotic resistance through displays in the hospital foyer of Dunedin Hospital and slides on the TV screens.

"The GHA notes the findings of the World Health Organization report in which Gibraltar rates as a high antibiotic user compared to most European Union jurisdictions", a GHA spokesman said.

"Last year, New Zealand began implementing a 5-year antimicrobial resistance action plan to minimise the impact of antimicrobial resistance to human, animal and plant health".

Gonorrhea, sexually transmitted disease had become resistant to antibiotic worldwide and rendered as untreatable disease.

One of the main causes of antibiotic resistance is overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately.

Moeti stated that patients should never demand nor share antibiotics and only use them when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional. Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

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She added that antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria (not humans or animals) become resistant to the active ingredients in these medicines. "It can make your infection more hard to diagnose and eventually to treat and that antibiotic may not be safe for you if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other medications", Rothoff said.

Antibiotic resistance is a bit like climate change - it's a massive world-wide problem, caused by multiple factors associated with modern life- from the way we produce our food such as giving animals antibiotics when they are not needed, to the way we manage our environment and our expectations about our own health and wellbeing.

Antibiotics, while very useful medicines invented to fight off infections, are becoming less effective due to over-prescribing physicians, veterinarians, dentists and their misuse by farmers and agronomists.

I think too many people take antibiotics for granted, rather than treating them with the respect they deserve.

In a first, the United Nations health agency said it had collated data on antibiotic use across large parts of the world and had found huge differences in consumption. They would also use the occasion to educate the public on the prevention of the emergence of antibiotic resistance. "We need to make sure they are used properly", says MPI's director of assurance, Allan Kinsella. Though antibiotic resistance is global, it is more severe in India.

"Adequate support and investment are needed not only for the discovery of new vaccines and therapies for treatment of infections but also for the development and improvement of diagnostic tools", he observed.

He called on governments, funding agencies and the private sector to invest and work together to secure safe, effective medicines for generations to come.

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