‘Stop unnecessary use of antibiotics’

TNN Report

PESHAWAR: World Antibiotic Awareness Week is celebrated every November to enhance global awareness of antibiotic resistance. This awareness symposium was arranged to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further development of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics are considered as the foundation of modern medicine, However, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

A one day awareness symposium on Antimicrobial was arranged in collaboration with Public Health Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Department of Health and National Institution of Health in Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) today on 3rd December 2018. The objective of arranging the symposium was to stop unnecessary use of antibiotics, said a press release issued here on Monday.

Experts said that antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in Pakistan. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports Antibiotic resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them and germs continue to grow. Infections caused by antibiotic resistant germs are difficult and sometimes impossible to treat. In most cases these infections require extended hospital stays, additional follow up visits and costly and toxic alternatives.

AMR (Anti Microbial Resistance) has the potential to affect people at any stage of life, as well as the health care, veterinary and agriculture industries making it one of the world’s most urgent public health problem.

According to WHO AMR occurs naturally but is facilitated by the inappropriate use of medicines e.g. using antibiotics for viral infections such as flu, cold or sharing antibiotics. Lack of Government Commitment to address these issues, poor surveillance and protection and prevention to treat hinders control of this problem.

The Global action plan to tackle AMR was endorsed in the 68th session of the world health assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May 2015 attended by all countries including Pakistan.
Global action plan has defined the strategic objective of containment of AMR through improve awareness and understanding of AMR.

Among the speakers the Medical Director Prof Dr Rooh-ul-Muqim appreciated and thanked the organizers and organization for arranging such an informative symposium. As AMR awareness is really spreading in Pakistan, he said, we need to do needful planning and implementation to overcome the problem.

Government of Pakistan has already taken several initiatives to address AMR. An early implementation of National AMR surveillance system (Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, GLASS) in collaboration with WHO is in place.

The chief guest of the event was BoG member Dr Nadeem Alam. The guest speakers were Dr Asim Saeed and Dr Mumtaz Ali of National Institution of Health and MTI KTH Assistant Prof Medical Dr Awais Naeem of KTH.

The symposium was attended by Medical Director Prof Dr Rooh-ul-Muqim, Chairman Medicine Prof Dr Muhammad Humayun, Prof Medicine Dr Hashim Uddin, Prof Surgery Dr Mah Munir, faculty members, supervisors, consultants, postgraduate residents, Public Health Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Dr Saima Abid and others.