WHO lists danger of antibiotics abuse

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed dangers inherent in antibiotic abuse.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated the dangers on Wednesday in Abuja during at a press briefing on the awareness week.

Moeti said the abuse of antibiotic ordinary leads to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) which is the reduction in the ability to treat diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and cancer; and also threatens ability to conduct surgeries and care for premature babies.

He said if left unchecked, the AMR could cause up to 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

According to him, people living in developing countries and those in fragile contexts, affected by conflict and violence, are particularly vulnerable.

“Misuse of antibiotics has put us all at risk,” he said, urging everyone to do more to handle antibiotics with care.

“Patients should only use antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional and not practice self-prescription or employ on the counter use of medication,” he said.

 

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