Stop using antibiotics on healthy animals - World Health Organization weighs in on resistance debate

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NICE says stewardship programmes - where healthcare providers are taught specifically when and where to use antibiotic treatment - could slow down the development of medicine resistance in diseases. We will strengthen our collaboration with worldwide partners and empower our Nation's greatest minds to develop new vaccines, diagnostic tests, and medications to prevent, diagnose, and treat infections.

"Many young people appear to lack knowledge about antibiotics and their goal", he said.

He added: "We can all help to reduce antibiotic resistance by only taking antibiotics when they are prescribed".

- The WHO, FAO and the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are helping low and middle-income countries come up with concrete plans to tackle the threat of AMR.


The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Agricultural Research Centre are focal institutions in the area of AMR for human and animal health sectors respectively, and are leading the initiative in collaboration with the World Health Organization to curb irrational use of antibiotics, Saira stated. "Antimicrobial veterinary medicines are a crucial tool for animal health and welfare and safe food production, but they are by no means the only tool".

The irrational use of antibiotics in the animal, agriculture and human health sectors plays a major role in this emerging health crisis today. It makes sense that patients often request antibiotics to treat their illnesses - they have worked for so long and we've often assumed 'What can they hurt?

Chris Little is the infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at Capital Coast District Health Board.

Imperial staff and students will have an opportunity to hand over any unused antibiotics this week as part of an annual amnesty.


"We have patients undergoing surgery, and chemotherapy, and their immune systems are weakened".

"It's therefore really important that people use antibiotics in the right way - the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration". Some nurses are prescribers now and more will come.

The WHO said their guidelines contribute directly to the aims of the Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015 and the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted in 2016.

The issue is a concern to health agencies around the world as growing numbers of infections - such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonella - are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.


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