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Lëtzebuerger Journal: Antimicrobial abuse is being warned


European antibiotic day will be celebrated on November 18th

European Day of Antibiotics, an initiative to promote public health, takes place every year on 18 November. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the public health threat of antibiotic resistance and to inform about the prudent use of antibiotics. Recent studies show that more and more patients are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and that antibiotic resistance is a significant threat to public health. Prudent use of antibiotics can help reduce bacteria and maintain antibiotic efficacy in the future.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) decided in 2008 to launch the European Antibiotic Day on 18 November as a platform to support national campaigns in the region.

ECDC's mission is to identify, assess and raise EU citizens' awareness of the risks of communicable diseases; this includes the field of antimicrobial resistance. The management of these risks and the factors contributing to the control of communicable diseases are the responsibility of each EU Member State. European antibiotics day is a partner of the World Antibiotic Week.

With the participation of Luxembourg

Luxembourg is actively involved in the European Day of Antibiotics and this year launched a campaign on "antibiotics – time to raise alarms" to highlight the inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans and animals, leading to the formation of multidrug-resistant bacteria . For example, the booklet shows that antibiotics cure "many serious infectious diseases, such as pneumonia and bacterial wound infections."

However, inappropriate use of antibiotics "brings with it the development of new drug-resistant bacteria against which previously effective antibiotics are no longer effective". If antibiotic resistance continues to rise, it will become increasingly difficult to treat severe bacterial infections in the future. An astonishing number is quoted: "Currently, over 25,000 people die every year in the EU against multidrug-resistant bacteria for which antibiotics have become ineffective."

On a European day of antibiotic awareness, the Health Ministry underlines that antibiotics help against cold and flu because "antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections." Antibiotics work only against infections caused by bacteria, such as certain pneumonia, bladder infections or skin inflammation. A cold is caused by viruses and also the flu is caused by viruses. Not only are antibiotics unnecessary, but inappropriate use can help bacteria to withstand antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotics should be taken only if prescribed by the doctor as a result of a bacterial infection.

The first event of the "National Antibiotic Plan"

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 17.30 to 20.30, the "National Antibiotic Plan" will hold the first informative meeting "Antibiotic resistant, which has a jouer role!" In Neimënster in Stadtgrund. The event is intended for healthcare professionals. Registration is requested by 28 November at [email protected]

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