Seek professional advice before using medicines

19Nov 2021
Gerald Kitabu
The Guardian
Seek professional advice before using medicines

​​​​​​​HEALTHCARE providers and stakeholders have called on the general public to stop using medicine or drugs without seeking professional advices.

Assistant Director Prlme Minister’s Office, disaster Management Department Charles Msangi opening orientation workshop on antimicrobial resistance for Journalists in Dodoma. Photo by Gerald Kitabu

Speaking yesterday in Dodoma to orient journalists on antimicrobials ahead of the world antimicrobials awareness week they said that it is better for all people to use recommended medicines and drugs by health care providers.

Executive director of Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance (RBA Initiative) Erick Venant explained that the advice cuts across all sectors of human, animals and the environment.

Venant who is also pharmacist said that the problem is being accelerated by different behaviours which are practiced by the communities without knowing that they are accelerating the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

“People should not use any medicines or drugs to treat themselves, animals, and livestocks or apply on the vegetables or the environment without seeking advice and instruction from health care providers,” he said.      

Citing an example, he said some groups of medicine such as antibiotics, anti-parasites, anti-fungal are currently not effective in treating different diseases which were once treatable.

He also advised the general public to change their behavior and adhere to some simple behaviours such as washing and cleaning their hand saying some infectious diseases are caused by unhygienic hands.

“I am also advising people to complete the whole course of the doses. Some people do not complete doses as advised by the healthcare providers as a result they fuel the infection problem.

We encourage people to prevent the diseases by using simple infection prevention like hand hygiene, adhering to different medicines which are recommended by the government, all these are important measures of containing antimicrobials resistance, he said.

Explaining about the importance of world antimicrobials awareness week, Dr. Elibariki Mwakapije from FAO-Tanzania explained that the event is commemorated every year with the aim of raising awareness on antimicrobials resistance and encouraging the general public on the good practices on the use of medicines and the problem of antimicrobials resistance.

“In this week there will be different activities to educate and raise awareness in Tanzania. There shall be different statements and one of them will be given by the Ministry of health,” he said.

Different local and international organizations have teamed up with the government to commemorate the event. Some of them are WHO, FAO and UNEP. As they work together using one hand approach to make sure that the problem of antimicrobial resistance is contained.

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