This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017). This week aims to make the world aware of one of the biggest threats to global health today. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is trying to teach people on the importance of antibiotic resistance and what we can do to help.
Antibiotic resistance does not discriminate, it can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is being accelerated by the misuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals.
To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, individuals can:
- Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
- Never demand antibiotics if your doctor says you don’t need them.
- Always follow your doctors’ advice when using antibiotics.
- Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
- Prevent infections by:
- regularly washing hands,
- Preparing food hygienically
- Avoiding close contact with sick people
- Practising safer sex
- Keeping vaccinations up to date
For further information on how to help prevent antibiotic resistance, please visit the World Health Organisation at: