Group raises alarm on potential deaths from abuse of antibiotics 

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Dr Danjuma Adda

By Great Ozozoyin 

The leadership of the Antimicrobial Resistance Patient Advisory Group has raised the alarm that no fewer than 10 million deaths will in the next few years be recorded annually as a result of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). At the time of filing this report, 1.27 million people, according to the group, die annually as a result of antimicrobial resistance.

A member of the group, Dr Danjuma Adda, on Tuesday 22 November 2022 made the revelation at a meeting with key stakeholders during a debate competition held in the multipurpose Hall of Excellence of the International School, in Jalingo, Taraba State.

Adda who doubled as the founder and Chief Executive of the Center for Initiative and Development (CFID), expressed sadness at the way and manner antibiotics are being misused across the globe. “The use and misuse of antimicrobials in both human and veterinary medicine in the past five years” as observed by him “has resulted in the emergence of strains of bacteria that no longer respond to antibiotics resistance.”

He was worried that “if antibiotics and antifungal lose their effectiveness, we lose the ability to treat infections and control other ailments.”He stressed the need to “preserve and protect the few available antibiotics that we have.”

He was alarmed that pharmaceutical companies are no longer interested in producing antibiotics drugs. Noting that “antibiotics resistance is one of the biggest threats to the world”.

Adda who is the incumbent President of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), said “we all need to do something to protect medicines. It is a collective responsibility. Medicines are fast losing the potential to prevent infections, hence the need for the authority concern to fashion out ways of preserving and protecting them,” he said.

Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Dr Innocent Vakkai, also identified “irrational use of drugs” as the major cause of antibiotic resistance. He avowed that measures have been put in place by the state government to frustrate the activities of quacks in the health sector.

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