Proper use of antibiotics urged in Mongolia

14 November, 2018, 09:48 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • Misuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance

Diseases that were once feared could now be tamed, not with elaborate potions or poultices but with simple pills.

Antibiotic development has been one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century medicine. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is supporting this year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week theme of "Together we can keep antibiotics working". Again, the resistant bacteria are better able to emerge and cause problems after the weaker bacteria are killed off by antibiotics. Bacteria are single-celled organisms that are found on human bodies.

Every year we have seen an increase in the number of antibiotics surrendered and the number of people making a pledge to protect antibiotics by signing up to Public Health England's Antibiotic Guardian Campaign.

"Reserve" group antibiotics are only to be used as last-resort antibiotics for treatment of specific infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. This alignment will enable comparison of antibiotic use between the human and animal sector in the future.

"They have a bacterial infection, they take it". The pathogens survive, grow and spread their resistance.

In 2018, NPS MedicineWise published research** about the impact of antimicrobial-resistance programs and antibiotic dispensing for upper respiratory tract infection in Australia. Others learn how to pump the medicine out of their system, before it affects them. "They are a precious resource", she said.

The increasing resistance to antibiotics is now a global problem.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as third-generation cephalosporins, quinolones and carbapenems, are categorised as Watch antibiotics that should be used with caution because of their high potential to cause antimicrobial resistance and/or their side-effects.

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The resistant bacteria which infect humans and animals become more hard to treat than the non-resistant ones. Experts opine that rampant abuse of antibiotics can take humanity back to a time where antibiotic does not exist. How can hospitals prevent antibiotic resistance?

Discovered in the 1920s, antibiotics have saved tens of millions of lives by fighting effectively against diseases of bacterial, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and meningitis. When you're sick and visiting your healthcare provider, be sure to ask whether antibiotics are really needed.

Follow your doctor's prescription to a T.

The same classes of antimicrobials are often used in both humans and food-producing animals.

Avoid prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection.

· Do not save antibiotics for the next illness, discard any leftover medication.

Other countries, such as Bangladesh, plan to use consumption data to improve quality assurance of medicines by prioritizing quality controls for the most sold products and packages.

Practice good hand hygiene.

Prepare food hygienically and separate cooked from the uncooked. Many governments are phasing out the use of antibiotics as a growth promoter and preventive measure in livestock, and now only use antimicrobials in healthy animals in very exceptional circumstances.

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