WHO maps dangerous misuse of antibiotics

The World Health Organisation warned that antibiotics consumption is dangerously high in some countries driving the emergence of deadly superbug infections while other countries may not have sufficient access to these life-saving medicines

This helps prevent antimicrobial resistance from forming and keeps antibiotics working, for humans and animals alike.

"These differences indicate that some countries are likely to consume too many antibiotics while others may not have sufficient access to these drugs", World Health Organization said in a statement in the report.

The WHO has repeatedly warned the world is running out of effective antibiotics, and past year urged governments and big pharma to create a new generation of drugs to fight ultra-resistant supergerms. They would also use the occasion to educate the public on the prevention of the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

"If you have an infection caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, it is a more serious infection, more hard to treat, and it can spread to your friends and family".

The world urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics.

He said indiscriminate use of antibiotics endangered lives and affected efforts to achieve the sustainable development goal (SDG) on access to quality health care.

The discrepancies in consumption range from approximately 4 defined daily doses (DDD)/1,000 inhabitants per day to more than 64 DDD. The survey found that 92% agree that doctors and other healthcare professionals should only prescribe antibiotics when needed.

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As for medicines in the Reserve category, though they account for less than two percent of total antibiotic consumption in most high-income countries, they have not been reported by most low- and middle-income countries, indicating that some countries may not have access to these drugs that are necessary for treatment of complicated multidrug-resistant infections. Widespread use of antibiotics for these illnesses is an example of how overuse of antibiotics can promote the spread of antibiotic resistance.

US Antibiotic Awareness Week, directed by the CDC, is an annual observance to raise the awareness of antibiotic resistance risks and the importance for all sectors - human and animal health and the environment - to responsibly use antibiotics. The publication is the first ever from the WHO to provide a global overview of antibiotic consumption data based on a standardized global methodology.The WHO says release the data is a critical first step in helping countries understand the amount of antibiotics being used at the national level and how they're being used.

Antibiotic use in animal agriculture comes under quite a bit of scrutiny with critics arguing that ranchers should be decreasing the use of antibiotics in beef production.

A growing list of infections such as pneumonia, TB, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat as antibiotics become less effective because of overuse.

The organisation's Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System unveiled earlier this year spoke of the widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance.

"Be careful of where you purchase your antibiotics".

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