Precautions against the risk of unconscious antibiotics

Dr. from Medipol Mega University Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology. Instructor Member Meyha Şahin: “Use antibiotics only when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional”

ISTANBUL (AA) – Medipol Mega University Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology. Instructor Member Meyha Şahin stated that the antimicrobial resistance caused by the changes in the gene structures of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites makes it difficult to treat infections and aggravates the disease, ‘It causes an epidemic and the danger of death. It is possible to eliminate the risk by paying attention to 7 vital precautions against unconscious antibiotic use.’ used the phrases.

In the statement made by Medipol Mega University Hospital, Şahin gave information about antibiotic resistance, which the World Health Organization pointed out as one of the 10 biggest global public health threats facing humanity.

Şahin warned to prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Stating that antibiotics should only be used when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional, Şahin said, “Use antibiotics only when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional. Never request antibiotics if your healthcare provider says you don’t need them.

Always follow your healthcare professional’s advice when using antibiotics. Never share or use leftover antibiotics. Prevent infections by washing hands regularly, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, safer relationships and keeping vaccinations up to date.’ made its assessment.

Underlining that the World Health Organization declared antimicrobial resistance to be one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity, Şahin said:

‘Antimicrobial resistance; It occurs with changes in the gene structures of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites over time and results in unresponsiveness to antimicrobial drugs. This condition primarily makes infections difficult to treat and causes the disease to spread, increasing the risk of developing severe illness and death.

antimicrobial resistance; It has the potential to affect human health by developing and spreading through various areas of life such as health care, veterinary services and the agricultural sector. This makes it one of the most pressing public health problems in the world.’

– Lack of knowledge is a deadly factor

Indicating that inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobial agents is the main factor responsible for the development of drug-resistant pathogens, Şahin said, ‘The lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene for both humans and animals; inadequate infection and disease prevention and control measures in healthcare facilities and farms; inadequate access to quality, affordable medicines, vaccines and diagnostics; lack of awareness and knowledge; and non-implementation of legislation are important factors affecting the development of antimicrobial resistance.

stop the spread of resistant microorganisms; It is an important action to prevent infections and improve antibiotic use in the first place, but also to protect people and slow the development of resistance.’ used the phrases.

-Turkey was one of the top 3 countries in the risk category

Şahin shared the researches that antimicrobial resistance caused by unconscious drug use causes death.

Şahin said that antimicrobial resistance caused direct death in 1.27 million people worldwide in 2019, and that infections caused by antimicrobial agents played a role in the deaths of 4.95 million people.

‘According to US data, 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections develop annually and as a result, more than 35 thousand people die. According to the OECD health policies 2015 report; Turkey was one of the three member countries with the highest antimicrobial resistance rates.

Antimicrobial consumption for J01 class antibiotics (β-lactams, tetracyclines, amphenicols, sulfonamides and trimethoprim, macrolides, aminoglycosides, quinolones) was 42.2 in 2011, as a result of the Ministry of Health launching public campaigns to prevent inappropriate antibiotic use and restricting over-the-counter antibiotic sales. It fell to 40.4 percent in 2017 and 35.25 percent in 2017. In the light of all this information and research, it should not be forgotten that it is vital not to take medication without going to the doctor with hearsay advice.’

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