Medical Laboratory Scientists Express Worry Over Misuse Of Antibiotics
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Biomedical Day,the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has expressed concern over the high rate of abuse and misuse of antibiotics in the country,
National President of the association, Alhaji Toyosi Raheem while briefing newsmen in Abuja.as part of activities to commemorate 2017 World Biomedical Science Day. said ignorance, poverty and weak regulations as well as various health practices are leading factors for the increase of antibiotics resistance in Nigeria.
According to him antibiotics resistance is a global public health challenge, which has accelerated the overuse of drugs, severe infections, complications, longer hospital stays and increased mortality.worldwide.
“The uncontrolled use and misuse of antibiotics in animal feeds and poultry has further worsen the menace of antibiotic resistance and because of the emerging antibiotic resistance many microorganisms have developed resistance.“This means that some essential cases can hardly get drugs for the treatment of the infections,” he said.
“The dangers of antibiotics resistance include wastage of drugs, damage of organs and systems, prolong hospital visit and admission due to treatment failures and complications, among others.”
On the issue of Meningitis outbreak presenting ravaging some parts of the country,Alhaji Raheem said there was need for government at all levels to take pro-active steps towards diseases and epidermic outbreak as well as consider local production of antibiotics in the country which he said was possible with the involvement of all stakeholders.
Alhaji Toyosi also stressed the need for government to pay serious attention to checking emerging and re-emerging diseases.
“As a responsible organisation, we need to decisively respond to the threat and engage community in advocacy and proper and faster methods for detecting infectious agents and their susceptibility testing,” he said.
He said the last time Nigeria had serious outbreak of meningitis was a type A strain, that type C was now ravaging some parts of the country.
‘’As scientists, we know that there are up to 12 strains of meningitis; what will happen if we have a different strain next time
He said scientific evidence had shown that vaccines produced locally were more potent than the imported.
“In the past, the Federal Vaccine Laboratory, Yaba Lagos state,with full support of government and adequate engagement of laboratory scientists produce sufficient quantities of vaccines in the country.
“The facility was even producing vaccines that were exported to neighbouring countries,’’he said.
The biomedical laboratory science day is one of the World Health Organisation observance day marked and marked on the 15th of April annually.
The theme of the 2017 commemoration is “Antibiotic resistance: Biomedical response to the global threat’’.