A post Apocalypse worse than zombies…

Seems pretty funny but those microbes that live on to take vengeance are called superbugs. When these drugs fail due to misuse /abuse infections spread easily and become harder to cure or may not be cured at all.
Forget the zombie apocalypse or doomsday…  we are facing an all true real threat… post antibiotics apocalypse.
What’s that about—> antimicrobial resistance.

According to the WHO
“Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.”

Why is this a problem…

The rise in antibiotic resistance affects everybody everywhere and the little things we take for granted like minor injuries, inadequately cooked food… knowing we could take some antibiotics and everything will be okay could all be in the past .

“A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhoea, and foodborne diseases – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.”

This means we need to change the way we use antibiotics. Nothing like its been a long time since I’ve used antibiotics  or I just want to cleanse my body or my friend had the same issue and used this drug that worked so I’ll go head and use the same.
Not all illnesses require antibiotics.

We need “to reduce the spread of infections through vaccination, hand washing, practising safer sex, and good food hygiene”

“Antibiotic resistance is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control.” (WHO)

To help reduce the spread of antimicrobial /antibiotic resistance. According to the WHO do the following :
  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
  • Never demand antibiotics if your health worker says you don’t need them.
  • Always follow your health worker’s 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, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
  • Prepare food hygienically, following the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food (keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials) and choose foods that have been produced without the use of antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention in healthy animals.

Kindly click this link to learn more and play a game to understand how to combat antimicrobial resistancehttp://apps.who.int/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/activities/en

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