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Lëtzebuerger Journal: warns against antimicrobial use

European Antibiotic Day will be celebrated on November 18th

The European Day of Antibiotics, a public health promotion initiative, takes place on 18 November each year. It aims to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance to public health and to report on the prudent use of antibiotics. Recent studies have shown that more and more patients are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and that resistance to antibiotics is a major threat to public health. Careful use of antibiotics can help reduce resistant bacteria and keep antibiotics effective in the future.

In 2008, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) decided to launch the European Antibiotic Day on 18 November as a platform for national campaigns throughout the region.

The mission of the ECDC is to identify, assess and promote EU citizens' awareness of the risk of infectious diseases; it also includes an antimicrobial resistance field. The management of these risks and factors contributing to the control of communicable diseases is the responsibility of each EU Member State. European Antibiotics Day is the World Antibiotics Week partner.

Participating in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is actively involved in the European Antibiotic Day, and this year launched a campaign on antibiotics – a time to raise anxiety to highlight the inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans and animals, resulting in the formation of many drug-resistant bacteria. For example, the brochure states that antibiotics cure "many serious infectious diseases, such as bacterial pneumonia and wound infections".

However, inappropriate use of antibiotics "creates a new, drug-resistant bacteria, against which advanced antibiotics are no longer effective." "If antibiotic resistance continues to increase, it will be more difficult to treat severe bacterial infections in the future," continues. And there is an astonishing figure quoting: "At present, more than 25,000 people die every year from multi-resistant bacteria in whom antibiotics have become ineffective."

European Days on Antimicrobial Consciousness The Ministry of Health points out that antibiotics help with cold and flu as "antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections". Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, such as some pneumonia, bladder infections or inflammation of the skin. Cold is caused by viruses, and also flu caused by viruses. Antibiotics are not unnecessary, but misuse can help make bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotics can only be used if they are prescribed by a doctor because of a bacterial infection.

The first "Plan national antibiotic" event

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, from 17.30 till 20.30 "Plan national antibiotic" will host the first informative meeting of Stadtgrund "Neimënster", in which "Independence against antibiotics" will take place. The purpose of the event is for healthcare professionals. Registration is required by November 28th at [email protected]

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