Coronavirus: Antibiotics Misuse Can Accelerate Antimicrobial Resistance – Experts

A Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Dr Mutiu Bamidele, has warned that misuse of antibiotics could lead to accelerated emergence and spread of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Bamidele gave the warning at an event to mark the 2020 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). The event was organised by the St. Racheal’s Pharmaceuticals, Lagos on Friday.

The slogan for WAAW 2020 is “Antimicrobials: Handle With Care” while the theme for the human health sector for WAAW 2020 is “United to Preserve Antimicrobials’’.

Bamidele, who works at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), spoke on “Antibiotic Resistance in Nigeria: A Call to Action’’.

According to him, AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change overtime and no longer respond to medicines, making common infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. “COVID-19 is now one of the causes of antimicrobial resistance.

“The impact of COVID-19 will increase the use of antibiotics because when people get fever and they don’t want to stress themselves by going for a COVID-19 test, they use antimicrobials, and overuse or use of drugs which may or may not cure the sickness causes antimicrobial resistance.

“Even in parties, people give out antibiotics so that their guests won’t get stomach upsets; this is wrong,’’ he said.

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