NZ joining battle to raise awareness around use of antibiotics

Council highlights taking antibiotics when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk

NZ joining battle to raise awareness around use of antibiotics

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. This, in turn, limits the arsenal of antibiotics that healthcare professionals are able to use to tackle disease effectively.

"We are all responsible for preserving the effectiveness of the only effective antibiotics we have left, whether we prescribe, dispense, provide advice or need to take them", concludes Soko. For animal health, the best way to reduce antibiotic use is to promote farm management aimed at preventing infection through good practices in livestock production, aquaculture farming and crop production. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource. "The volume of antibiotics used in animals is continuing to increase worldwide, driven by a growing demand for foods of animal origin, often produced through intensive animal husbandry".

Speaking at the event held at the Pasifika campus in Suva yesterday, Mr O'Connor said treating resistant infections with current antibiotics was becoming a challenge, leading to infections causing higher morbidity and mortality.

- They are used to treat sick animals, but also on healthy animals to stop them getting sick and to speed up their growth. Health care providers, patients, and families are encouraged learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team.

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Dr John Wyeth from PHARMAC says they are charged with getting the best possible health outcomes for New Zealanders from the public medicines budget - and antimicrobial resistance could undermine that.

BEVA is a consistent campaigner for the responsible use of antibiotics; past year it introduced the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award to encourage members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics.

"Like in human health, veterinary medicine has tremendously progressed thanks to antibiotics".

"The implementation of the national AMR action plan will also be presented". Where they can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse.

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