By Ronald Kabuye
Self-medication and failure by health workers to test patients before prescribing anti biotic drugs for them have been cited out as the major causes of drug failure to heal diseases or bacterial infection (Antimicrobial resistance).
This has been revealed by dr. Henry Kajumbula from Makerere school of health sciences at the closing of a four day, 2nd Global Network for Antimicrobial Resistance and Prevention Symposium NAMRIP at Royal suites Bugolobi, held under the theme: Innovation towards combating antimicrobial resistance; a whole of society engagement.
Dr. Kajumbula cautioned the public against pressurizing medics to give them drugs of their own choice, defying doctor’s prescription, avoid falling sick before urging medics to always diagnosis the diseases before prescription.
He urged that failure to have a clear structure in place on who, what and when to prescribe the anti-biotic and the inadequate diagnostic capacity has also contributed
Dr. Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, the Chairperson of NAMRIP said that drug failure to work on diseases ( antimicrobial resistance) will be the leading cause of poverty by 2030 as per World Bank.
Dr. Nazario adds that antimicrobial resistance also results into other disastrous diseases like cancers among others.
He cited out drugs like Ampicillin, Amoxicillin among others as the most antimicrobial resistance antibiotics apparently.
Antimicrobial resistance globally contributes to 700,000 deaths annually and it’s projected to rise to 10 million by 2050.
The symposium was attended by experts and innovators from seven countries including United Kingdom, America, Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, Ghana and Malawi.