NZ joining battle to raise awareness around use of antibiotics


Over the last few decades, it is the over-use and misuse of antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum ones, that has led to increasing resistance, which is now rapidly becoming one of the most pressing health concerns around the world.

The publication presents evidence-based recommendations and best practice statements on use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals.

Through overprescription and misuse, antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness. In order to mitigate the adverse consequences of the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently issued a set of guidelines to restrain the use of such antimicrobials.

The theme is: "Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics". "Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat.

The Ministry of Health says antibiotics are a valuable and powerful tool in keeping people well, but inappropriate use is causing a growth in antimicrobial resistance.

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For example, what many people refer to as "sinus problems", is often allergic rhinitis, a condition which, when uncomplicated, is responsive to a category of drugs known as antihistamines, and not to antibiotics. He further added, "Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe".

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Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team. They will also help in identifying the bacteria that make people sick and specific groups that are at risk.

Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a serious public health issue.

Antibiotics can be life-saving when used appropriately, but their misuse can result in dire consequences. In addition, it was found that while resistance to some antibiotics has decreased in animals, resistance to other antibiotics has increased. If you or your child has a sore ear for example (however bad this can be), using antibiotics is unlikely to alter the "natural course" of the infection by more than a day or so. "Are we ready to fork out extra money to enjoy organic meat?" the director-general posed a question regarding the alternative.