Antibiotic awareness week launched in Suva

Antibiotic awareness week launched in Suva

These are just two messages from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which the Life Healthcare Group, a leading private hospital provider in South Africa, is highlighting to educate the public during World Antibiotic Awareness Week that takes place until November 19, 2017.

Around the world, many common infections are becoming resistant to the antimicrobial agents used to treat them, resulting in longer illnesses and more deaths. This, in turn, limits the arsenal of antibiotics that healthcare professionals are able to use to tackle disease effectively. As a result, many infections have become increasingly hard to cure-making millions of Americans sick and causing tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year.

Jacobs-Young noted that under current FDA policy, medically important antibiotics are not used for growth promotion in animals. "Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary".

- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest chicken processor in the USA, has stopped using antibiotics to produce its retail line of chicken.

"We are all in this fight together", she said. "They should be taken as prescribed, never saved later or shared with others".

Suzanne Dougherty, executive vice president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, noted that most of the antibiotics used in poultry are ionophores, which are not considered by FDA or World Health Organization to be medically important to humans.

BEVA is a consistent campaigner for the responsible use of antibiotics; a year ago it introduced the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award to encourage members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics.

"As the Medicare-funded Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for Virginia, we are assisting clinicians across the state as they implement antibiotic stewardship programs in their facilities", added Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Health Quality Innovators. While these efforts will surely be fruitful, the best way for us to combat the public health threats from bacterial infections is for patients and doctors alike to do their part and prescribe and use antibiotics only when needed and only as directed.

"Students at BYU-Idaho are partly involved in solving this antibiotic crisis by searching for new antibiotics in the soil around campus", Kelson said. "The MSV, along with all of our partners in health care, are dedicated to helping you provide effective, comforting, and responsible treatment plans for infectious diseases, and using these incredibly important medicines responsibly".

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