According to The World Health Organisation, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. It occurs when bacteria changes in response to the use of antibiotics. While this happens naturally, the over use and misuse of antibiotics has accelerated the process, leading to record high levels of antibiotic resistance. It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases.
Maleeha Bari, Medicines Management Lead Pharmacist, said: “Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), is one of the top threats to global health security today. We have seen the world brought to a standstill from COVID-19, and the potential for other illnesses including bacterial infections to cause havoc is at a high.
“More cautious use of antimicrobials is essential to ensure that they can be used to combat infections effectively. Please participate in the resources and activities being promoted in this most important week. Everyone can make a difference in ensuring safe use of antimicrobials for the present and the future.”
AMR can affect anyone, of any age and in any country and causes people to have longer lasting, more difficult to treat infections.
To find out more about AMR and how to get involved in our awareness week, click here.
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Published: 23 November 2022