The problem of antimicrobial resistance has been underestimated, and the rate keeps increasing by the day, hence the need to rise immediately to action so we don’t get into the ‘post-antibiotic era’. The place of one health approach cannot be overemphasized, there is need for collaboration among various stakeholders to slow down the menace of this silent tsunami. During AMRLEP, I also learnt about leadership skills, personal etiquette, research & policy, team work and project management. Another key takeaway for me is the relationships I’ve built with other professionals across Africa.
I have been very conscious about my use of antibiotics, and also educating people around me. After this leaders’ program, I intend to conduct a study to evaluate the knowledge, perception and practices of young health professionals (medical doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, medical lab technologists and other key players) across Nigeria, after which a workshop will be organized to sensitize, train, and empower these professionals to be good antimicrobial stewards, AMR advocates and change agents in their community.
Antimicrobial resistance is not a problem that can be solved by “some” people, all hands must be on deck for this fight to be won.