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ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK 2017

Seek advice from a qualified professional before taking antibiotics

Antibiotics are drugs used in the treatment of bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics, antifungal, antivirals, antimalarials and anthelmintics) as a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persists in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. Globally, 480 000 people develop multi-drug resistant TB each year, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria as well. The thought of this generation experiencing what the people in the pre-antibiotic era is startling. Because something as simple as a paper cut can land humans in the morgue. The world health organization knowing how this will affect the population in a long run decided to put aside a week dedicated in creating awareness of the use of antibiotics and encourage people to take antibiotics only when prescribed by a certified medical practitioner. The Integrated Health Organization categorical joined the WHO in the fight against antibiotic resistance by creating awareness and encouraging people to stop the indiscriminate use of antibiotics. IHO decided to collaborate with several pharmacies in the Buea (Enamen pharmacy, Amazing pharmacy, Mount Zion pharmacy and Compassionate Pharmacy) and clinics (Solidarity clinic, Health promotion foundation clinic, International community healthcare complex) to put up posters with the inscription “No prescription, No antibiotics” to promote the correct use of antibiotics.