iDHS.HealthWise Supports World Antibiotics Awareness Week
Since the discovery of Antibiotics, they have been a cornerstone of medicine and serve a major purpose in the treatment and cure of infectious diseases in humans and animals. However, Antibiotic resistance is increasing globally, this means that we are all at risk of serious infections because even common antibiotics would no longer work.
We support WHO and other Global and Local Organisations in promoting the responsible prescribing and use of antibiotics to help curb the increasing resistance of microbes like bacteria to antibiotics.
What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Is the low or complete inability of antibiotics to treat various infections for which they are prescribed due to their persistent or regular misuse and overuse in humans and animals. This results in the microbes (like bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa) developing strains which become resistant to antibiotics drugs which become ineffective, a trend which is growing globally.
What Causes Antibiotic Resistance?
Why is Antibiotic Resistance Such a Global Threat?
- Excessive and unneccessary use of Antibiotics - Overuse of antibiotics inluding without a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, use for conditions where they have no effect like for colds, flu, coughs and so on.
- Over prescribing of any anitibiotic by a qualified medical practitioner for instance for an extended period, in excess of the what is recommended in standard practice.
- Not completing the course of antibiotics which are correctly prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner because you feel better.
Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer work .
What Can We do to Stop this from Happening?
- Microbes like bacteria and viruses would readily spread and evolve into even more dangerous strains.
- The simplest infections can easily degenerate into a more serious one which would lead to more readily spread of infection and more deaths.
- Everyone would be at risk, including those who are ordinarily considered 'healthy'.
- Healthcare practitioners and workers must strive to follow global standards for antibiotic prescribing and best practice.
- Healthcare practitioners should avoid prescribing antibiotics for extended periods of time.
- Individuals MUST refrain from taking un-prescribed antibiotics even when they feel that symptoms are similar.
- Individuals MUST avoid taking antibiotics given to them by someone else.
- Individuals should seek advise and obtain a prescription from a qualified medical practitioner if they think antibiotics are needed.
- Individuals should ask their medical practitioner whether an antibiotic is needed particularly where diagnosis is for common colds, flu, cough.
- When antibiotics are prescribed, ensure you complete the course, even if you feel better or fully recovered.
See the World Health Organisation's website at http://www.who.int/who-campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week for more information?.
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