The World Health Organization (WHO) is revealing the threats of antibiotic resistance to the public. The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) is cognizant of the threats of AMR to public health. WHO said that there are some bacterial infections that are found to cultivate resistance to antibiotics. WHO is concerned that it categorizes the threat “major global”.
What will happen if the bacterial infection formed a resistance to antibiotics? We will not be healed. Antibiotic resistance cases are difficult to treat and fight. That sounds alarming. The good news is that new antibiotics are developed. However, it will take time before it will be approved and available. Singapore is not only experiencing antibiotic resistance because it is present in all parts of the globe.
What is the cause of this? One of the causes is the over-using of antibiotics. MOH is advising healthcare workers and institutions to lessen inappropriate use of antibiotics. Apart from that, MOH is emphasizing the significance of good hand hygiene including infection control. In addition, WHO has given ways to fight the antibiotic resistance. It recommends the following things:
- People: You can fight antibiotic resistance by lessening your use of antibiotics. If the doctor does not prescribe you to take one, you should not take it. You are given the prescription but you stopped because you feel better. That is not good. You have to take or complete the prescription even if you feel better. Do not share your antibiotics to others and more importantly, do not take leftover antibiotics that are not prescribed for you.
- Health workers & pharmacists: Health workers, pharmacists and the institutions should start the fight. Health workers can help battle the antibiotic resistance by only prescribing antibiotics when they are needed. Pharmacists can help battle the antibiotic resistance by dispensing the right antibiotics. This sector should effectively enhance their infection prevention as well as control in their specific areas.
- Policymakers: Policymakers can also play a big part in battling antibiotic resistance. Policymakers should regulate the medicines. On top of that, they should fortify the laboratory capacity of their localities.
- Industries: For the pharmaceutical industry, they should strengthen their research and development as well as tools. The information should be shared to all stakeholders.
We often hear that familiarity breeds contempt. It can be applicable to bacterial infections too. If they are familiar of the drug, they can contempt, disrespect or challenge the antibiotic. This may sound a minor problem to you but you have to be careful because it will affect your life in the future.