NZ joining battle to raise awareness around use of antibiotics

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 15, 2017

The week of November 13-19 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, and members of Virginia's health care community, including the Virginia Department of Health, the Medical Society of Virginia, Health Quality Innovators, and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association are jointly supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Be Antibiotics Aware campaign. Antibiotics will not be able to help with every sickness, so it's important to take your healthcare provider's advice when you're feeling under the weather.

As Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) rolls round again, patients are being reminded that dental problems are best treated by a dentist, with emphasis on the correct diagnosis and treatment to ensure optimal health management. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource.

Correct use of antibiotics is part the Australian Government's National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy which focuses on measures to prevent antibiotic resistance and decrease inappropriate use of antibiotics across all sectors.

In a call to curb the irrational use of antibiotics, Minister for Health Saira Afzal termed AMR containment as a major priority area in the national public health agenda.

He said the other issue when buying antibiotics from unauthorised outlets is that a full dose will not be given which can contribute to resistance.

Later in October, an AMR surveillance working group was founded to improve collaboration among stakeholders working in AMR surveillance in human and animal health, communities and the environment.

The problem with the casual use of antibiotics is they lose their effect over time as the bacteria they are meant to counter simply adapt to overcome the medicine's effect.

World Health Organization has announced new recommendations tailored to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in humans by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. The Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance has been developed and was endorsed by all countries to address this threat by involving various sectors, such as the agriculture, public health, environmental and other relevant sectors. By pledging you commit to stop the misuse of antibiotics and will receive information about what action to take to combat resistance. Where they can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse. He is passionate about antibiotic awareness, because it's crucial that hospitals can continue to use antibiotics.

The Animal Health Institute reiterated its position that antibiotics need to be used responsibly in food-animal production, not eliminated altogether.

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