Start planning now for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017. 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.
Taking antibiotics when they are not needed or worse, taking the wrong antibiotic reduces their effectiveness.
A systematic review published last week in The Lancet Planetary Health found that interventions that restrict antibiotic use in food-producing animals reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in these animals by up to 39 per cent. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
Antibiotics are often overprescribed by physicians and veterinarians and overused by the public.
While antibiotic resistance might not be directly visible, we need to make sure that the antibiotics we have are used prudently and all efforts are made to reduce their use as far as possible.
"The plan comes from the work of the Ministry of Health, Ministry for Primary Industries, and the human health, animal health, agricultural and wider scientific communities". This occurs when bacteria doesn't respond to the drugs created to kill them and it is one of the most urgent threats to the public's health.
"Denying pigs, cows and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation's food system", NPPC said in a statement.
"The lectures will be presented by some of the national core group members and members of the advisory committee, and will focus on the findings on antibiotic use and resistance in the AMR situational analysis".
Because of its complexity, antimicrobial resistance mitigation in food and agriculture can not be addressed by a single sector or strategy, but through various disciplines working together to contribute to producing safer foods and creating a better environment for all.
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.
My Administration is, therefore, committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Where they can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse.
"Collaboration to promote effective and safe antibiotic use is essential to our patients and the public", said VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton.