Tamale Teaching Hospital commemorates antimicrobial awareness week

Awareness Antimicrobial
Awareness Antimicrobial

The Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has marked a week-long World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), a global campaign aimed at raising awareness on antimicrobial resistance.

The celebration was in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, Christian Health Association of Ghana, and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, with funding support from UK Aid, the Fleming Fund, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

The programme was dubbed “Spread The Awareness, Stop Resistance” and was to encourage best practices among members of the public, health workers, and policymakers to reduce the spread of drug-resistant infections.

Dr Hamidu Abdulai, the Director of Pharmacy at the TTH, said Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a threat to global health, food security and could affect anyone, regardless of race and socio-economic class.

He said misuse of antibiotics can make microbes that are beneficial to the body dangerous, which could result in a series of secondary infections.

He cautioned members of the public on the need to use antibiotics appropriately to preserve their effectiveness and slow the emergence of new resistance, because bacterias evolve constantly, which made it difficult to track ones that are resistant to antimicrobials.

Dr Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, an Antimicrobial Resistance Consultant at FIND, admonished members of the public against abuse of antibiotics, saying abuse of antibiotics spread antimicrobial resistance.

He further advised patients to take antibiotics that were prescribed by clinicians and to take full doses as prescribed, to avoid antimicrobial resistance.

Dr Henry Addo, Head of TTH Polyclinic, said it was disheartening how workers, who were not Pharmacists gave over-the-counter antibiotics to people at accredited pharmacies.

He said the abuse of antibiotics could be reduced if accredited pharmacy shops in the country would employ the services of trained pharmacists who would administer drugs only on prescription

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