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NCDC, partners raise awareness on misuse of antibiotics

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GIVEN the rising public health concerns over the increase in antimicrobial resistance, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and it’s partners are working together to raise awareness on the misuse of antibiotics in Nigeria.

Making this announcement in a statement, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC said that globally, antibiotics were widely used for the treatment of infections in human and animals.

But, however, the unnecessary use of antibiotics in human and animals has caused an increase in antimicrobial resistance, he said.

He also said that the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms had led to increased mortality and economic burden.

“More than ever, there is a strong need for stakeholders to work together to advocate for the proper procurement and responsible use of antimicrobials,” he said.

He, therefore, said as part of global commemoration, NCDC and partners were inviting Nigerians to participate in the National Antibiotics Awareness Week (NAAW) from the 12th to 18th of November, 2018.

The theme for the NAAW would be: Misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk.

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