Antibiotics Awareness Week, 13th-19th November 2017
World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a global campaign lead by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim being to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage the public help prevent the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
What is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines.
Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria can infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are much harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.
What can you do?
A global effort is required to change the way we prescribe and use antibiotics. Although new medicines may be developed, without behaviour change, antibiotic resistance will remain a major threat to health. Behaviour change must include actions to reduce the spread of infections through methods such as vaccination, effective hand washing, practising safer sex, and maintaining good food hygiene.
To prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance you should:
- Only use antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional.
- Never demand antibiotics if your health care professional advises against them.
- Take your antibiotics as prescribed if you are given them, and complete the course.
- Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
- Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people where possible, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
While there are some new antibiotics currently being developed, none of them are expected to be effective against the most dangerous forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Considering the ease and frequency with which people now travel, antibiotic resistance has become a global problem, requiring efforts from all nations and across multiple sectors.
|Who are you?||What do you do?|
|Daya Dewfall / Emily Lopez||Health Promotion Officers for the Department of Public Health||See: www.HealthyGibraltar.org
Call: 200 07017 / 200 07020
|Annie Dai||Consultant paediatrician for the Gibraltar Health Authority||See: www.gha.gi/secondary-care-services/paediatrics/|
|Cheryl Figueras / |
|Dietitians for the Gibraltar Health Authority||See: www.gha.gi/therapy-services/nutrition-dietetics/|
|Gail Carreras||Physiotherapist for the Gibraltar Health Authority||See: www.gha.gi/therapy-services/physiotherapy-services/|
|Sera Fromow||Environmental Officer for the Dept. of Environment||See: www.gibraltar.gov.gi/environment/
Call: 200 66509
|Jackie Linares||Educational Liaison for the |
Department of Education
|Louise Mauro / Susan Benitez||Child Health Nurses for the Gibraltar Health Authority||Call: 200 70143 / 200 07244|
|Gerry Fortuna / Isabel Ortiz||Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses for the |
Gibraltar Health Authority
Call: 200 07203
|Angelo Cerisola||Social Worker for the Care |
Agency Children’s Service
|Cynthia Maoko||Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Paediatrics||See: https://www.gha.gi/chronic-desease-management/diabetes_services/|
|Liam Payas||Assistant Sports Development and Training Manager||See: https://www.gsla.gi/contact-us/
Call: 200 63392
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