‘Antibiotics resistance, critical risk if left unaddressed’
A Professor of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Abel Aboderin, has said antimicrobial resistance is a critical risk if left unaddressed.
Aboderin said this at a webinar organised by a pharmaceutical firm, Pfizer, as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.
“With a high cost to individual health and the wider economy, antimicrobial resistance is a critical risk if left unaddressed. Should antimicrobial resistance pathogens spread the way COVID-19 has, we will be facing another public health crisis. Today’s roundtable and similar forums are essential to raising awareness on the threats facing us if we do not invest in the development of medicines now to help prevent antimicrobial resistance,” the expert said.
An infectious disease expert at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Prof. Abdulrazaq Habib, said antimicrobial medicines were among the most precious medical resources the world had ever known.
“Alarmingly, they are losing their effectiveness. With especially low awareness among the public on the dangers of antimicrobial resistance, it is our responsibility as the medical community to educate patients about the condition. Much like COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance pathogens can spread far and with speed, impacting people of all ages. There is a significant need for strong public health and prevention measures and extensive surveillance to help curb its spread,” Habib said.
The Medical Director East & Anglo West Africa Pfizer, Dr.Kodjo Soroh, said, “Antimicrobial resistance if left unchecked could lead to a scenario in which minor infections become life-threatening, while serious infections become impossible to treat.”