NCDC warns against excessive use of Antibiotics

Written by on November 23, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned against excessive use of antibiotics, saying the practice can end up killing good bacteria and creating resistance to antimicrobials medicines.

The Director General of NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, at an Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) policy dialogue to commemorate World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW), annually held from Nov. 18 to Nov. 24.

The NCDC boss, who was represented by Dr Chinwe Ochu, Public Health Specialist and NCDC’s Director, Prevention Programmes and Knowledge Management, said antimicrobials save countless lives around the world every day.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative for Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, said antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and warned that without urgent action the world was heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

Seun Fakorede 

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