Gambia: Misuse and Abuse of Antimicrobials Put Us All At Risk Warns WHO Country Rep

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Sumary of Gambia: Misuse and Abuse of Antimicrobials Put Us All At Risk Warns WHO Country Rep:

  • The country representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that misuse and abuse of antimicrobials put us all at risk and therefore called on all to do ‘our best to protect these lifesaving medicines.’ Dr Desta A..
  • Tiruneh made this remark on Wednesday at the Senegambia Beach Hotel during a symposium as part of commemoration of the World Antimicrobials Awareness Week, from 18th – 24th November..
  • The theme for this year’s World Antimicrobials Awareness Week celebration for the human health sector is – ‘United to Preserve Antimicrobials’..
  • As resistance grows to a wider range of drugs, Dr Tiruneh maintained that WHO together with its partners the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Organisation for Animals Health (OIE) has broadened this year’s campaign focus from antibiotics to antimicrobials..
  • He noted that antimicrobials are the most frequently reported substandard and falsified medicines and these substandard products, he added, is a key driver of antimicrobials resistance..
  • Dr. Tiruneh disclosed that globally, one in 10 medicines is estimated to be substandard or falsified and the African region is affected more than other parts of world..
  • WHO has declared that Antimicrobials Resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity,”…

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