Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

WHO Releases Official Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

The National Chicken Council also took issue with the World Health Organization news release - particularly the claim that "80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals", which an NCC spokesperson called "grossly inflated".

World Health Organization (WHO) has called on farmers and the food industry to help promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals by halting the routine use of antibiotics.

"The misuse of antibiotics over the past few decades has contributed to an alarming increase in bacterial resistance, which has since 2014 continuously been highlighted by the WHO as one of the biggest threats to public health today", says Dr. Paul Soko Executive Head of Clinical Services and Quality at Life Healthcare Group. This year's theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay says New Zealand is committed to tackling what is a global challenge.

He said there are at least three ways people misuse antibiotics.

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

"We always try to have an antibiotic that we can treat an infection with", says Cloud. But it's also about giving them some practical advice that will help them, or their child, feel better - getting good rest, ensuring adequate fluid intake, and advising on proper pain relief.

N. Korean soldier who defected used a vehicle to escape
About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, but most travel through China. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.

Simply relying on the use of antibiotics from your GP or other health provider is not the best solution.

Medically important antimicrobials that are not now used in food production should not be used in the future in food production including in food-producing animals or plants.

"We often forget that things we take for granted, like chemotherapy and surgery, would not be possible without antibiotics". He is passionate about antibiotic awareness, because it's crucial that hospitals can continue to use antibiotics.

"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.

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed or worse, taking the wrong antibiotic reduces their effectiveness.

You can read about the Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan at New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan.

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