A pharmacist, Mr George Hedidor, has advised the public to guide against the wrong usage of antibiotics as it compounds the severity of illness.He explained that it is not every disease that must be treated with antibiotics, while people should not pass their antibiotics to others people who suffer similar illnesses may have different bodily systems.
Mr Hedidor, a member of the National Drug Information Resource Centre, in Accra, therefore, advised sick individuals to seek treatment from health institutions and refrain from the practice of self-medication through unprofessional advice.
Mr George Hedidor, Principal Pharmacist at the National Drugs Information Resource Centre, has advised Ghanaians against misuse and abuse of drugs especially antibiotic drugs. He said many Ghanaians used antibacterial drugs in treating common colds and other ailments and this could result in resistance and make patients incurable for other diseases.
Mr Hedidor gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Wednesday at a training workshop organised for members of the Coalition of NGOs in Health in the Northern Region as part of the Action on Antibiotic Resistance (ReACT) project funded by some Swedish nationals.
Recently, issues on antibiotic resistance (ABR) have taken a centre stage in high profile global health meetings. ABR, a veritable ticking time bomb, as described by health experts, has potentially adverse ramifications of global proportion and have the capacity of throwing hard-won gains in global health into jeopardy. Besides its potential threat to global health security, resistance development by disease-causing germs(bacteria, virus, parasites, fungi) towards available and emerging medicines can hobble the control of infectious diseases (HIV-AIDS, TB, malaria, ebola virus disease etc. non-exempt), drive up the risk of death as well as healthcare cost.