November 28, 2021

DAK calls for judicious use of antibiotics


DAK calls for judicious use of antibiotics

During Global Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Kashmir Medical Association (DAK) on Monday called for the judicious use of antibiotics.

Posted on November 22, 2021 | Author RK Online Office

During Global Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Kashmir Medical Association (DAK) on Monday called 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 to fatigue, 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.


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