JAMAICA Public warned about misuse of antibiotics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 13, 2017 – Kingston – The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive or misuse of antibiotics.   Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the result of the abuse of antibiotics.   AMR occurs when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.AMR is caused by a number of factors, including the overprescription of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, overuse of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation.  As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.  The condition also increases the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.This poses a great threat to public health, as persons of any age are vulnerable to untreatable infections from surgical site infections, minor injuries or even colds, which can cause life-threatening complications from ‘superbugs’ such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.In response to this public health threat, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners, has come up with a National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle AMR.   Under the NAP, the Ministry of Health will be establishing a surveillance system of antibiotic-resistant infections and strengthening infection prevention and control measures.   Additionally, the Ministry, in collaboration with the UWI, will be undertaking a public education campaign on the impact of antibiotic resistance.Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. Persons are also advised to always take the full prescription, even if health improves.   Persons should never share leftover antibiotics with others, and should prevent infections by regularly washing hands and keeping vaccinations up to date.A major component of the action plan is stricter regulation and promotion of the appropriate use of quality medicines among healthcare professionals.  Health workers are also being urged to participate in the initiative by ensuring that hands, instruments and the environment are clean; to only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, in accordance with current guidelines; report drug-resistant infections to surveillance teams; and talk to patients about how to take antibiotics correctly.These workers are also charged with educating patients about the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse.   Medical professionals are also urged to talk to patients about methods of preventing infections through vaccination, hand washing, safe-sex practices and covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.   The food production industry is also integral to arresting AMR by promoting and adopting good practices at all steps of the production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Stakeholders within the agricultural sector can also adopt sustainable systems with improved hygiene and biosecurity, proper handling of livestock, and ensuring that antibiotics given to animals are only used to control or treat infectious diseases.   Animals should be vaccinated to reduce the need for antibiotics, and the development of alternatives to the use of antibiotics in plants is also encouraged.Food producers are also encouraged to implement international standards and guidelines for the responsible use of antibiotics.   These standards are established by the World Health Organization (WHO), Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Noting that 20 to 50 per cent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett-Templer, is calling on health workers to dispense these drugs judiciously.“It is a fact that antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplants, chemotherapy and surgeries, such as caeserian sections, become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections where antibiotic resistance becomes a problem,” she notes.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant, Dr. Kam Mung, has commended the Government and local health officials for the effort in establishing a multisectoral national action plan to combat this threat.“We at PAHO congratulate Jamaica because of the formation of the anti microbial resistance technical working group,” he says.Noting that almost half a million people have developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Dr. Mung said the action plan will assist in the national effort to stem the devastating health impact associated with the condition.Meanwhile, Medical Microbiologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Alison Nicholson, tells JIS News that the UWI has been conducting research into the condition, to better prepare the health sector to manage the effects of AMR.“At the UHWI, we monitor the organisms and look for resistance.  We monitor our resistance patterns and take it further by doing research.  We try to figure out what is the mechanism of this resistance.  We look at the organisms and track them, so we know what organism causes which diseases,” Dr. Nicholson explains.The NAP is being executed through a multisectoral technical working group comprised of the Ministries of Health and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI).By: Rochelle Williams (JIS)last_img read more

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CarDekhocom bags 50 mn in 2nd round of fund infusion

first_imgCarDekho.com, the flagship portal of GirnarSoft, has raised $50 million (over Rs 300 crore) in the second round of fund infusion. The funding was led by Hillhouse Capital with participation from Tybourne Capital and Sequoia Capital, the company said in a statement. “Elara Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the transaction. With this, the parent company Girnar Software is now valued at $300 million,” it added. GirnarSoft CEO and Co-Founder Amit Jain said company’s aim is to have a global footprint through its innovative products and services. “This is the largest quantum of fund raise in this segment in India so far. We see the second round of investment as an endorsement of our strategy and progress so far,” he added.last_img read more

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Bollywood star Sonakshi joins John Abraham in Force 2

first_imgBollywood actorSonakshi Sinha will be paired opposite John Abraham in Force 2 to be directed by Abhinay Deo.The film, an action drama, is a sequel to 2011 film Force, which starred Abraham in cop’s role.“We have cast Sonakshi in the film. She is paired opposite John. She is the correct choice. I can’t talk about whether she will be seen as a married woman or not,” Abhinay told a media person. “His (John’s) role will continue (as a cop) but he will solve a new case. Its a new a script… a new story. I am doing my best and the rest is upto the audience,” the Delhi Belly helmer said.last_img read more

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Eight arrested villagers granted conditional bail in Daribhit School case

first_imgKolkata: Eight villagers, who were arrested in connection with the Daribhit High School incident, were granted conditional bail when they were produced before the Islampur Court on Tuesday.It may be recalled that trouble had broken out over appointment of teachers at a school in Islampur in North Dinajpur on September 20, an incident which had claimed two lives. Police had arrested some people in connection with the incident. The school also remained closed for a few weeks. Finally, the school reopened on November 10. On Tuesday, the eight persons were produced before the court. They were granted conditional bail against a bail bond of Rs 10,000. At the same time, all of them were directed to visit Islampur police station once a week. It may be recalled that local people had agitated a few days ago, demanding release of the eight people who were arrested in connection with the incident.last_img read more

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Mamata to lead rally in city on International Womens Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a rally on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8. The rally will start from Shraddhananda Park in Central Kolkata and end at Esplanade. Incidentally, Banerjee is the only woman Chief Minister in the country.Banerjee’s mission of empowering women through the Kanyashree project had bagged the United Nations award for public service in June 2017. The ceremony was held at Hague, Netherlands and Mamata Banerjee took the award on behalf of the state government. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe project was introduced in 2013. Under the project, girl students up to the university level receive stipends. Nearly 53 lakh girls have been benefitted by the project, which has brought down the rate of school dropouts by 11.5%. Meanwhile Sabuj Sathi, another unique project of giving cycles to the students of Classes IX to XII in state-run and aided schools, has successfully reduced the number of dropouts for girls as well. Under Sabujshree, saplings are given to the mothers of girl children so that when the child grows into an adult, the parents can sell the tree to help the child carry on with higher studies, whereas under Rupashree the government gives financial assistance to parents during the marriage of their daughters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile distributing health cards under the Swastha Sathi project, Banerjee declared that the card would be issued in the name of the eldest woman in a family. It may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress has 35.2% of its seats occupied by women, the highest number for any political party in the country. In the state Assembly there are 29 women legislators. The party also has 12 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. In the corporations and municipalities there are several women councillors. Even the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is a woman. In the three-tier Panchayats, there are Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities which are headed by women. There are also many women-run self-help groups (SHGs) working successfully throughout the state. The Chief Minister has said repeatedly that parents should not feel sorry for their girl children, but provide them with proper education to become useful citizens of the country.last_img read more

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