Rising Public Health concerns have shown that continued misuse of antibiotics among the populace puts us all at risk.
Consequently, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Federal Ministry of Health,(FMoH) in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, World Health Organisation (WHO) and key private sector and civil society organisations are working together to raise awareness on the misuse of antibiotics in the country.
The weeklong activities to mark the global event begins in Abuja, Monday, November 12 through to Sunday, November 18 2018 principally to raise awareness on the threats from antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among key audiences – the general public, health workers and policy makers.
Globally, antibiotics are widely used for the treatment of infections in human and animals.
However, there are rising public health concerns over the unnecessary use of antibiotics in human and animals, and increase in antimicrobial resistance.
The emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms has led to increased mortality and economic burden. More than ever, there is a strong need for stakeholders to work together to advocate for the proper procurement and responsible use of antimicrobials.
In a statement by the Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, some of the events lined up for the week include awareness walk, A policy dialogue on AMR for policymakers, health workers and food safety groups in the human, animal and environment sectors, holding on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 with hashtags #AMRactionNG #WAAW
There would also be Spelling bee and essay competition for Junior Secondary School (JSS) students taking place on Wednesday, November 14, a Press Conference on Thursday, November 15 while a twitter chat on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will take place on Friday, November 16, Use the hashtag #AMRactionNG #WAAW to get involved
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and its partners are leading an extensive campaign to increase awareness on the threat of antimicrobial resistance among Nigerians, and urge the public to engage with these activities in their communities.