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NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against Abuse Of Antibiotics



ABUJA–INCREASING rate of irrational use of antibiotics is further accelerating the process of Antimicrobial Resistance AMR, leading to avoidable deaths,the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised the alarm.


Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, according to the agency’s Resident Media Consultant,Sayo Akintola,in a. statement, Sunday, said this on Friday,at the virtual 2021 World Antimicrobial Resistance Week (WAAW) anniversary with the theme,  “Spread Awareness Stop Resistance.”


The statement quoted Adeyeye as sounding a strong note of warning that if allowed to fester, antimicrobial resistance could lead to death. 


“She added that the menace and war against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has, not only gained prominent and global attention but, also become a significant battle that the human race must win,”the statement read.


"It is in view of this fact; I am delighted to be part of this battle and welcome all our esteemed stakeholders to the front line of this battle. Creating awareness amidst us all is a major step in AMR stewardship by relevant stakeholders to effectively stop resistance’’, she said, adding that the ‘’step is unique and is expected, not only to redirect our way of handling and use of antimicrobial agents, but also to yield a significant reduction in the incidence of AMR’’,it added.


According to her, “NAFDAC is using the stakeholders’ meeting, to mark her participation in the year 2021 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), targeting professionals in the Healthcare sector, Veterinarians, Animal Husbandry professionals in livestock production, Plant Pathologists and individuals that   use antimicrobial agents."


“Prof Adeyeye expressed dismay that the development and proliferation of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which is the ability of pathogenic microorganism to resist the effect of antimicrobial agents when used to treat internal or external infections in both human and animal population has compromised the ability of antimicrobials to effectively treat infectious diseases as expected,”the statement read.


"The emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens continues to weaken the health systems’’, she lamented.


“The NAFDAC boss posited that the fight against AMR requires collective efforts that are interlinked and interphase along the One-Health Concept. To this end, she said NAFDAC in her regulatory activities has put in place some important regulatory measures to curb the emergence and spread of AMR. 


‘’This is very necessary and extremely important to ensure food safety and food security, a safe environment, and a healthy citizen in our dear country’’, she said, adding that everyone in the healthcare, livestock production and environmental management subsectors of the economy is directly or indirectly involved in curbing AMR,” the statement added.

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