Antibiotic resistance - bacteria are fighting back

The World Health Organisation warned that antibiotics consumption is dangerously high in some countries driving the emergence of deadly superbug infections while other countries may not have sufficient access to these life-saving medicines

Antibiotic resistance - bacteria are fighting back

She made this known in her message to mark the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12-18 November 2018 with the overall theme: "Think Twice".

Every year we have seen an increase in the number of antibiotics surrendered and the number of people making a pledge to protect antibiotics by signing up to Public Health England's Antibiotic Guardian Campaign.

He said indiscriminate use of antibiotics endangered lives and affected efforts to achieve the sustainable development goal (SDG) on access to quality health care.

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.

World Health Organization in the African Region, has made the fight against antibiotic resistance a top priority and is working with countries to develop and implement action plans to combat antibiotic resistance and generate reliable data for action.

The resistant bacteria which infect humans and animals become more hard to treat than the non-resistant ones.

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Why is Antibiotic Resistance Dangerous?

However, overuse by health practitioners and misuse in the agricultural sector means they are no longer effective in fighting many infections. "To avoid this, more people need to understand that antibiotics should only be used when they are needed and prescribed appropriately, because the consequences of not doing so are considerable". Antibiotics do not have any effect on viruses, such as colds and flu, yet more than a third (37%) of those surveyed wrongly say antibiotics are effective for treating viral infections. India's concerns about antibiotic resistance started late with the findings of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) in 2010.

Research shows that the global growth of antimicrobial resistance is undermining the effectiveness of antibiotics.

He thus directed regulatory agencies including the Food and Drugs Authority, the Pharmacy Council, the Traditional and Alternate Medicine Council as well as other health professional bodies to step up their game to effectively regulate the access and use of antimicrobials. Rothoff said you should also not take antibiotics that are not prescribed to you. But some are resistant to the drug, which survive and multiply, giving rise to a resistant batch of bacteria that can't be harmed by antibiotics.

12/11/2018 Bangkok, Thailand The global tripartite partnership calling for more responsible use of antibiotics in humans, animals and agriculture (including aquaculture and plant production) has announced it is widening its coverage to include the environment sector. More than 300 organisations observe Antibiotic Awareness Week, including federal agencies, health departments, professional societies, corporations and advocacy groups.

"Africa lacks data on the scope and scale of antibiotic resistance". The pipeline for new antibiotics has nearly run dry.

Almost three quarters (73%) of those surveyed agree that the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, reflecting consensus among 80% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats and 63% of Independents.

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