In its bid to spread awareness about the antibiotic resistance in the patients, the Microbiology Department of Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), Pune, has decided to hold presentations in different OPD’s in the hospital.
The world is observing World Antibiotic Awareness Week from November 12 to 18. Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of Sassoon General Hospital and B J Medical College, said, “Everyday, hundreds of patients visit the hospital. As the majority of patients come from the deprived section of society, the awareness drive would help in stopping misuse and overuse of antibiotics.”
Dr Anju Kagal, Head of Microbiology Department at the hospital, said, “We are running out of antibiotics to treat patients because many have developed resistance to it, and this is happening because of misuse of antibiotics. It is, therefore, needed to create awareness among all those who are consuming antibiotics without proper knowledge.”
Kagal added, “The viral infection does not need an antibiotic, but many times, patients ask for antibiotics even for a common cough and cold. Only when blood test confirms that it is a bacterial infection, one should take antibiotics. However, people do not know this, additionally, antibiotics sold over the counter is leading to its overuse and misuse. Many times patients do not take the full course.”
Many unqualified doctors prescribe antibiotics with no proper knowledge. The department has also planned to come up with a training module for doctors, explaining the technicalities of antibiotics.
Each November, the World Health Organization (WHO), with its World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), aims to increase global awareness about antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.