Healthcare providers and stakeholders have said they are willing to use this week to educate the public on what antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, the proper use of antibiotics, and the spread of resistance. They will also take the opportunity to educate the public on preventing the emergence of antibiotic resistance.
The World Health Organization (VHO) said antibiotic resistance was one of the biggest threats to global health, food safety and development.
The global antimicrobial monitoring system that was introduced earlier this year spoke of the widespread emergence of antibiotic resistance. It is said that there has been noticeable resistance in 500,000 people with suspected bacterial infections in 22 low-income countries.
The WHO has agreed with experts around the world that from the discovery of antibiotics served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. "But persistent excessive use and abuse of antibiotics in the health of humans and animals have led to the spread of antibiotic resistance," the statement said.
Resistance to antibiotics occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to medicines used for the treatment.
In the midst of global statistics showing uncertain statistics of resistance, the Center for Health Protection, Associated Infections, Antimicrobial Resistance and Mycoses at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, said it supports the WHO global action plan.
This is through the collection of data on antibiotic sensitivity testing from public and private health institutions to resistance rates among specific bacteria. The organization also said it aims to inform and manage the Health Department on actions to prevent disaster.
A study in Cape Town showed that antibiotics in the private sector were familiar with the problem of resistance, but felt pressure from patients to prescribe them. According to a survey of 264 respondents, 95.8% believe that anti-bacterial resistance is a significant problem in the country, and 66.5% feel pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics.
It is said that those with a higher level of knowledge have shown a positive attitude towards behavior, which indicates that more education is needed to solve the problem. The WHO on its website has guidelines for preventing antibiotic resistance. Some of the prevention tips include only the use of antibiotics when prescribed by a healthcare professional; never asks for antibiotics if a healthcare professional says you do not need them; Always follow the advice of a healthcare professional when using antibiotics or never share or use antibiotic residues.