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The National Awareness campaign geared toward educating the public about Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), dubbed National AMR Awareness Campaign, has been launched.

According to WHO, “Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medication that once could successfully treat the microbe. The term antibiotic resistance is a subset of AMR, as it applies only to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.”

The AMR bacteria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), will see “at least 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases, including 230,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis,” as it stands currently.

As a result, however, the first annual Symposium on AMR and National AMR Awareness Campaign has been held where stakeholders from within the health sector from across the world were brought on board to find an action plan to combat the relevant bacteria.

Dr. Emmanuel Addai, Medical Doctor of Juaben Government Hospital and Medical Superintendent of Life Zone Clinic at Suame speaking to Nana Ampratwum advised against drug abuse as it is a major cause for Antimicrobial Resistance which the system would eventually reject drugs when taken.

''An individual can develop a resistance through a mechanism called mutation - replication or doubling up''

''We also have gene transfer in which the bacteria develops resistance to a particular disease and transfers this to other genes which in turn develop resistance to the diseases''

''There is also phenotype changes whereby there is a change of character in reaction to a disease..and so in Science we have  adaptation,mutation and gene transfer as a medium in which bacteria develop resistance in our bodies''

''In humans we have inexact diagnoses where individuals resort to drugs without prescription an these are what is bringing a lot of problems in future if we do not take care''


Last modified on Wednesday, 04 March 2020

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