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Friday, November 18, 2016

DOH raises awareness on antibiotics use

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office conducted Tuesday an interfacing with various stakeholders and the public to raise the awareness on the proper use of antibiotics and its ill-effects, due to irrational use.

The event dubbed “Antibiotics, Handle with Care” was participated in by students, mostly nurses and their clinical instructors, barangay health workers (BHWs), senior citizens and representatives coming from various sectors.

 The interfacing was held in line with the observance of Philippine Antibiotic Awareness Week from November 14 to 18.

DOH regional pharmacist III Maribel L. Cruz said that the alarming rise of anti-microbial resistance cases prompted DOH and other partner agencies to come up with advocacy events to make the public understand the dangers of self-prescription, which most often than not, lead to a worsened health condition.

“We have observed, not just in the Bicol region, but also in other parts of the country that most of the people are not well informed about the proper use of antibiotic. Most of them are practicing self-prescription. They are not aware that they are now prone to anti-microbial resistance,” Cruz explained.

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and are capacitated to resist the effects of antibiotic.

It is important to note, Cruz added that when taking antibiotics, the correct dosage and prescribed days of taking it should be strictly observed.

“You don’t stop treatment just because you are already feeling well. There is a big chance that when you stop without taking the full day as prescribed, the bacteria may survive and re-infect you. By the time you would like to use your old antibiotic, it might not work for you  and you might resort to a higher kind of antibiotic, and that would already be very expensive.”

A poster making contest was also conducted in the afternoon. Nine (9) schools participated in.  Cararayan National High School grabbed the first prize, the University of Nueva Caceres snatched the 2nd place while Naga City Science High School got the 3rd post.

DOH Coordinator for Naga and Development Management Officer IV, Imelda Dacanay, RN, RM, MAN said that they hope that through the event, more and more people will be armed with the proper knowledge on how to properly use antibiotics.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861479366443/doh-raises-awareness-on-antibiotics-use#sthash.zrfPfbWd.dpuf

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