More Effort Needed To Reduce Antibiotics Consumption, WHO Report Says

More Effort Needed To Reduce Antibiotics Consumption, WHO Report Says

More Effort Needed To Reduce Antibiotics Consumption, WHO Report Says

"Nothing less than global health security is at stake when antibiotics are misused, from being miracle life-savers, antibiotics are becoming ineffective against resistant infections, which can affect anyone of any age, in any country at any time", he said.

This year, the WHO European Region will mark the 4th annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 12-18 November, by committing to closer collaboration across sectors to protect human, animal and environment health, in the spirit of One Health.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria hard and expensive to treat, often leading to disability and death. Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that contributes to tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year, and can emerge within a community and quickly spread around the world, affecting healthcare and veterinary care.

"Using antibiotics responsibly, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, is a part of daily life on pig farms and has been for many years", said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota.

Antibiotics don't work for all infections.

The DHB wants to get the message across that antibiotic resistance caused by the misuse or overuse of antibiotics is one of the biggest threats to global health today. The weeklong observance is meant to educate the public about proper antibiotic use and the prevention of antibiotic-resistant infections. It's estimated about 2 million people get sick in the USA every year with infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

"We spent last week reminding staff, patients and visitors about the importance of good hand hygiene and we'll be continuing to do this during World Antibiotic Awareness Week".

Survey results indicate more education is needed about appropriate antibiotic usage.

Southern DHB is getting behind World Antibiotic Awareness Week this week and encouraging people to think about how they may use antibiotics better. In many low- and middle-income countries, where high mortality rates from infectious diseases and low rates of use of antibiotics were observed, resistance can occur when people cannot afford a full course of treatment or only have access to substandard or falsified medicines. Antibiotic resistance threatens to reverse growth of longevity. "Already we are seeing people develop multi-drug resistance to tuberculosis globally, while drug resistance is complicating the fight against HIV and malaria", said Tufton. Unfortunately, there has been a problem of prescribing these antibiotics to patients when unnecessary, which leads to antibiotic resistance. Keeping up to date with your vaccinations also reduces the chance of catching an infection that needs to be treated with an antimicrobial.

Adding his voice to simple practices individuals can do to prevent AMR, the minister asked that Ghanaians "do not put oral or injectable antibiotic powders into open wounds and do not mix it with drinks such as palm wine or others".

· Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics.

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