Resistance to antibiotics is now recognised as a public health threat of an unprecedented scale. "It is vitally important that the public understand that using antibiotics for a viral infection will not cure the infection, help you feel better or prevent others from catching your illness", said Dr. Ziglam. The European parliament has voted for such a measure, but it will not come into force until 2022, after Brexit.
Experts from some of the leading health organisations in the country want the same commitment from the UK Government, which they say has been ambiguous about whether it will follow suit.
The 12-month grant, funded by the Arkansas Department of Health, will support pharmacists at Arkansas hospitals and nursing homes in their efforts to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions and to improve infection prevention related to patient transitions between health care facilities.
At the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, we are following the newest guidelines provided by the CDC for judicious use of antibiotic prescribing.
A growing number of potentially life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and septicaemia, are becoming harder to treat because bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics that we commonly prescribe.
It's not people that become antibiotic resistant, bacteria do, and these resistant "superbugs" establish themselves after the "weaker" bacteria are cleared out by antibiotics.
The health Ministry warned about the real threats to human health due to their commitment to antibiotics. How did we go from revolutionizing medicine with the introduction of antibiotics to a future where common infections once again kill, in about the average American lifespan?
A study published in infectious diseases journal The Lancet this month estimates that about 33,000 people die each year in Europe as a direct effect of an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics-and the burden of these infections is comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are here. Globally, it is expected to lead to a 3.8 per cent loss in GDP and 10 million deaths annually by 2050.
People are already dying of infections which were once easily curable - deaths in Europe tripled from 11,000 in 2007 to around 33,000 in 2015, according to separate research.
While 73 percent said the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, 83 percent believe pharmaceutical companies should also develop more antibiotics.
A medical doctor in Baringo County Paul Odila agrees that antibiotic resistance is becoming a major threat to human treatment. Some antibiotics have lost their efficacy and the pipeline of new antibiotics has been running dry.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80% of the total antibiotic use in the United States is in agriculture, with pigs and poultry receiving five to 10 times more antibiotics than cows and sheep.