May 20, 2022

DAK calls for judicious use of antibiotics – Kashmir Reader


Srinagar: During World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Kashmir Medical Association (DAK) called on Monday for the judicious use of antibiotics.
“Inappropriate use of antibiotics is responsible for alarming levels of antibiotic resistance in the Kashmir Valley,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan. Dr Hassan said more than two-thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for infections caused by viruses or conditions that are not related to the infection at all.
“You go to a doctor with a cold or the flu; you will walk away with a prescription for antibiotics, ”he said. “Every time you have a fever, you get an antibiotic. Not every fever is due to an infection and does not require an antibiotic. Antibiotics are found in prescriptions for viral diarrhea, sore throat, discharge from the ears and sinuses, ”he added.
The president of DAK said that in the absence of regulation, you can get antibiotics from pharmacies without a prescription.
“Pharmacies give antibiotics for everything from discomfort and fatigue to aches and headaches,” he said. Dr Nisar said that in hospitals, patients are given antibiotics without proper testing to match their bacterial infection.
“Inappropriate and irrational use of antibiotics has turned Kashmir’s hospitals into breeding ground for deadly bacteria resistant to all antibiotics,” he said, adding that over 80% of bacteria are resistant even to antibiotics of last resort. DAK General Secretary Dr Arshad Ali said antibiotic resistance is undermining a century of medical progress.
“Infections that were previously treatable and curable with our drugs become incurable because drugs do not work against infections,” he said. “Without antibiotics, cancer chemotherapy, organ transplantation and simple surgery will become impossible and we face a future where coughs or cuts can kill again,” he added.
DAK spokesperson Dr Riyaz Ahmad Dagga said there is an urgent need for an explicit, comprehensive and continuously updated antibiotics policy and that we should closely monitor the use of antibiotics in hospitals so that these drugs can be administered judiciously.
“Each year, Global Antibiotic Awareness Week is celebrated from November 18-24 to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among the public and clinicians to prevent the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. “, did he declare.