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Allen County Public Health supports antibiotic awareness

15 November 2017

These are just two messages from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which the Life Healthcare Group, a leading private hospital provider in South Africa, is highlighting to educate the public during World Antibiotic Awareness Week that takes place until November 19, 2017. This year's theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics, such as taking them for viral conditions like flu, or for mild infections that may clear-up without treatment is known to fuel resistance. For animal health, the best way to reduce antibiotic use is to promote farm management aimed at preventing infection through good practices in livestock production, aquaculture farming and crop production.

The responsible use of antibiotics will be in the spotlight this weekend as European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked this Saturday, and it has the support of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

"We are all in this fight together", she said.

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During Antibiotic Awareness Week, we recognize the often underappreciated threat that resistance to antibiotics poses to our Nation's health. "Common colds and flus are, for example, caused by viruses, not bacteria, meaning that antibiotic therapy would be ineffective to treat these infections".

Dr John Wyeth from PHARMAC says they are charged with getting the best possible health outcomes for New Zealanders from the public medicines budget - and antimicrobial resistance could undermine that.

"The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date".

Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to misuse and overuse, and are in many cases not even necessary.

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"When this happens, farmers work with animal health experts and veterinarians to determine if an FDA-approved antibiotic is needed - the right medicine, at the right dose, for the right amount of time, for the right reason".

- They are used to treat sick animals, but also on healthy animals to stop them getting sick and to speed up their growth. The Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance has been developed and was endorsed by all countries to address this threat by involving various sectors, such as the agriculture, public health, environmental and other relevant sectors.

My Administration is, therefore, committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

The FAO, WHO and OIE have pooled resources and efforts to address antimicrobial resistance across the human, animal and ecosystem domains following the so-called "One Health Approach".

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Allen County Public Health supports antibiotic awareness