Kenyans have been asked to always use antibiotics and other drugs only when necessary and if prescribed by a qualified health practitioner.
This is in what Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Director of Clinical Services Dr. Philip Kirwa says will help address the growing risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across the world.
Speaking during the launch of Antimicrobial Awareness Week at the Hospital, Dr. Kirwa insisted that “we must use antibiotics judiciously and sparingly.”
“There has been an increasing multi-drug resistance across the globe. Affected individuals see delayed recovery and can even lead to death. Antimicrobial resistance has an impact on efforts to save lives.”– Dr. Philip Kirwa, Director of Clinical Services (MTRH)
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to medicines, making infections difficult to treat.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the top 10 global health threats.
Some of the factors that contribute to AMR include overuse and misuse of medicines not only in humans but also in livestock and agriculture.
Dr. Kirwa is now calling on the establishment of mechanisms that will ensure there is Antimicrobial stewardship for people to use antibiotics only when needed.
“We all have a role to play – from community to policymakers so that we ensure we purchase only drugs that are indicated and we use them within the period prescribed.”– Dr. Philip Kirwa, Director of Clinical Services (MTRH)
The Antimicrobial Awareness Week held annually from November 18th-24th is meant to sensitize members of the public on Antimicrobial Resistance and promote the proper use of Antimicrobial.
This year’s theme is ‘Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance’.