Ministry of Health launches national strategy to combat bacterial resistance to antibiotics
25/12/2019 17:24, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) -The Ministry of Health recently launched the five-year National Strategy to Combat Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance 2019-2023. This strategy, which is led by a national multisectoral committee, is part of Tunisia's commitment to a system to combat bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

It aims to sensitise the public and human and animal health professionals to the extent of the risk of excessive use of antibiotics and their dangerous impact on the individual and the group and to rationalise their use in addition to supporting preventive culture, improving personal and environmental hygiene measures and reducing the rate of infectious diseases," reads a concept note sent by the ministry to TAP.

The document indicated that the World Health Organisation has developed a series of preventive measures to reduce the overuse of antibiotics and their overuse by individuals, including a ban on the use of antibiotics without a prescription. WHO also recommended consulting the doctor, following his or her instructions and ensuring compliance with preventive measures for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

As for livestock farmers in the agricultural sector, the organisation specifically recommends not to give antibiotics to animals except under the supervision of a veterinarian and not to use antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention, stressing in this context the need to vaccinate animals to reduce their need for antibiotics.

According to the World Health Organisation, bacterial resistance to antibiotics causes about 700 000 deaths per year worldwide, and this number is expected to rise to 10 million by 2050.

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