World Anti-Microbial Awareness Week
World Anti-microbial Awareness Week (WAAM) aims to increase awareness of global anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practice among general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further emergence and spread of drug resistance infections.
AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites resist the effect of medications, making common infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.
Anti-biotic resistance is more common of all which occurs when bacteria change in response to medications use to treat bacterial infections. It leads to higher medical costs, prolong hospital stays, and increase mortality.
Main causes of Anti-biotic resistance are over prescribing of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, over use of antibiotics, poor infection control in hospitals and clinics and lack of hygiene & poor sanitation.
Every year from 18-24 November a “World Anti-biotic Awareness Week” is celebrated around the globe to raise the awareness for rationale drug use and prevent emergence of resistance.
Everyone must play their role in this regard by only using medications when prescribed by professional healthcare or doctor, always follow your health worker’s advice when using antibiotics, never share or use leftover medication and maintain proper hygiene.
Author – Rtr. Muhammad Aasim Ali
Club – RAC Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan
RID – 3272