Global health is at risk.
It’s hasn’t even been a century since Fleming’s wonder drug – penicillin became a household name, but researchers fear that its days are numbered.
This week marks the annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), in which we take time to spread awareness and knowledge about proper use of antibiotics and the dire consequences of its abuse.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), improper antibiotic use and other bad practices are creating a situation in which bacteria are becoming resistant to antibacterial treatment.
Antibiotic resistance puts the world at risk since it causes infections that we don’t have solutions for – superbugs.
Specific Uses of Antibiotics
Antibiotics are vital but they’re not for everything, like treating the common cold or flu or any other virus for that matter. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections but not other conditions.
Using them for other purposes weakens their potency as the microbes become more resistant to them over extended exposure.
At Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation, we’re well aware of the role of antibiotics plays in infectious disease care, but you have to be careful and use them only under the guidance of your doctor.
Responsible Antibiotic Use
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to improve the situation.
The first step is proper hygiene. By washing your hands you remove germs and prevent spreading bacteria in the first place. This practice has the potential to reduce the overall usage of antibiotics around the world.
Another important step is vaccination. By getting the vaccines you need, you’ll have the necessary immunization to fend of certain illnesses and stay healthy, thus resulting in fewer requests for antibiotics.
Finally, always speak to your doctor for guidance. You want to make sure you’re taking the right medication for what it’s intended and at the right dosage. You also want to make sure that it’s coming from a trusted source.
With simple, proper precaution, we may be able to avert a global health crisis.
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