QUEZON CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III called on the public to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by consulting a physician first before buying and take it with full prescription.
In the kick-off celebration of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week with the theme: "Antimicrobials: handle with care'" Duque encouraged the public, health workers, and policy makers to stop the emergence and spread of drug-resistance infections.
"We encourage the public to consult with your physicians first before buying antibiotics and if your physician prescribed you with antibiotics, complete your medications and do not share it with anyone" Duque said.
The DOH also warned the public against the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials, including antibiotics especially during the COVID pandemic.
"The misuse and overuse of antibiotics may speed up the emergence of these drug-resistance infections [as] it should not be used to treat viral infections [ because it is] to treat bacterial infections" Duque added.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared AMR as one of the top ten global public health threats to humanity along with other communicable diseases, air pollution and flu pandemic, among others.
"The capacity to prevent and manage emerging drug-resistant panthogens, and preserve effectiveness of existing antibiotics and drugs to treat serious infections is, and must be a core element of national action plans for health security, and their implementation," WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said.
Duque also reminded the public that infections can be prevented by washing hands, avoiding contact with sick people and keeping vaccinations up to date. (MBP/PIA-IDPD/DOH)