Summary of AMRLEP.
Antibiotic resistance refers to a specific antibiotic not being effective against a certain bacterium. Antibiotic resistant infections can spread to the public through unhygienic practices, contaminated water sources, contact with infected individuals, acquired from hospital and from animals through consumption of contaminated animal products, and their waste. AMR poses a large economic burden due to prolonged treatments. Combating AMR requires effort from all sectors involving human, plant and animal health experts and the general population to increase awareness, advocate for hygienic practices, control antibiotic use and get involved in research to set surveillance systems on prevalence, trends in resistance. Governments and world organisations need to form and implement favourable national action plans, fund and encourage innovations of new antimicrobial agents, rapid diagnostic tests, vaccines, and, address issues concerning accessibility and excesses and enhance vaccination programs.
I have engaged in social media campaigns and also have organised a webinar within my university and rotaract club and intend to organise more of these in my community to increase awareness of AMR.
“The bugs will bug us less if we care more”