Dr. Owen Kaluwa, the Country Representative to Ghana of World Health Organisation (WHO), has called on government to spend in effective medicines to limit the antibiotic resistance threatening the future health of generations to come.
He said incentives for public-private partnerships are immediately needed to inspire and encourage the development of new antibiotics and therapies to invest in new medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools.
Dr. Kaluwa, for that reason, called on governments, funding agencies and the private sector to invest and work together to secure safe and effectual medicines.
He was expressing his views at the press launch of this year’s World Antibiotic Week celebration (WAAW). The theme of the celebration was: ‘Think Twice, Seek Advice. Misuse of Antibiotics Puts Us All At Risk’.
He further explained that antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria become resistant to the active ingredients in medicines; he told that resistant bacteria may contaminate humans and animals, and make it infections like pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea is very difficult to treat and they have action plan includes strategies.
Dr. Kaluwa said the reasons for rising antibiotic resistance include overprescribing, misuse by patients who do not follow the advice of healthcare professionals doctors, overuse in farming, poor infection control and lack of new antibiotics
He exposed that “Research and development is the foundation stone for new, life-saving antibiotics. On the other hand, since 1980s there have been very few new antibiotics,” he further revealed, hinting that for that reason they need investments are to build a smarter world for safe, effective medicines.
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