Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance Held In Accra

Ghana National Drugs Control Programme (GNDCP) has organised a dissemination workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance for the media in Accra yesterday.

The Programme Officer, GNDCP, Mr Brian Adu Asare, said the media was strategic in communicating and educating the public to achieve the needed social changes to slow down the resistance process.                                                                                                                                                     

According to him, antimicrobial resistance or drug resistance occurs when micro -organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective.                                                                                                                      

He explained that when microorganisms become resistant to antimicrobial, they are often referred to as ''Superbug''. This is a major concern because a resistant infection may kill or spread to other parts of the body and impose huge costs to an individual and society.

He therefore called on the media to give the GNDCP a platform to create awareness of the dangers of the antimicrobials resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is facilitated by the inappropriate use of medicines, for example, taking substandard doses or not finishing a prescribed course of treatment. Low quality medicines, wrong prescription and control also encourage the development and spread of drug resistance.

Source: ISD (Karimatu Anas)