Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Bhutan observes World Antibiotics Awareness week

Bhutan observes World Antibiotics Awareness week

A growing number of potentially life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and septicaemia, are becoming harder to treat because bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics that we commonly prescribe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 people die as a result because no antibiotic can treat the infection!

Also, the many decades of liberal use of antibiotics to promote the health of farm animals and the contamination of the environment with these drugs have led to various superbugs.

Global health experts say hospital hygiene must improve and people must cut down on antibiotics or there will be "disastrous consequences" in the Western world.

"The patient needs to know if you take antibiotics for the common cold then the next time you need antibiotics, they very may well not work or you may very well need to step up to a much stronger, more potent antibiotic, which may very well carry greater side effects", he said.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Rashid Aman said that the threat posed by resistant genes and drug- resistant infections continued to increase thus the need for strengthened and formal governance coordination mechanism to synchronize the response to AMR. "So many are important for our own well-being and are at risk when antibiotics are used inappropriately", said Jennifer Surtees, PhD, GEM co-director and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB.

The problem is that the pharmaceutical industry is investing neither time nor money to look for new antibiotics.

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"And that's the issue that we're finding right now, that there are increasingly bacteria in the clinic where we use lots of antibiotics that are unresponsive to all the drugs that we have available to us".

100 - the percentage of the population who can be affected if we misuse antibiotics.

Bacterial infections too strong to be cured by medicine will take the lives of almost two-and-a-half million people in the UK, US, Europe and Australia by 2050. But without effective antibiotics, those procedures, too, would be much more risky.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are here.

"The data that we have on the scope and breadth of the antibiotic resistance in Canada is not as comprehensive as it should be", Kim said. The key message is that antibiotics should only ever be taken when a patient actually requires them to treat a specific bacterial infection. Among all these activities, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Islamabad in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) also organized an awareness walk.

'In the post-Brexit world, it will be even more vital that we increase our standards on antibiotics use by doctors and farmers, so that the United Kingdom is a world leader, saving our antibiotics to save lives in future'.

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