Antimicrobial Resistance Week: Health workers major culprits of abuse
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is marked from November 18 to 24. This year, the theme is “Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance”.
During this year’s celebrations, inappropriate use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals is being highlighted as a key driver of antimicrobial resistance.
In addition, human behaviours such as poor disposal of antimicrobials in the environment can increase their exposure to microbes which can impact humans and animals.
The chairperson of the Uganda National Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, Dr Henry Kajumbula, stressed that there is a need to increase awareness among the population on proper access, use, and disposal of antimicrobials for both humans and animals.
He also said health workers are the major culprits and this is caused by the pressure exerted on them by the population.
The development of a drug disposal system at the community level would facilitate improved waste management of antimicrobials. Together, these measures would help prevent the rate of progression of antimicrobials resistance in communities.