The Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance Society (EARS) today kicked off its weeklong nationwide campaign to promote the rational use of antibiotics with awareness walk in the city today.
The misuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of dangerous bacterial strains against which even the most powerful antibiotics have stopped working. These drug-resistant strains could make even common infections life-threatening.
Holding banners with slogans like “In cough, cold and sneeze, no antibiotics please”, “Use antibiotics wisely and be healthy” and “Take action today to save tomorrow”, EARS members, joined by doctors, pharmacists and medical and pharmacy students, marched their way from Topiwala National Medical College to Jacob Circle and back, a distance of 1.5 km.
Earlier, EARS organised a talk on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai. The talk was delivered by Dr PD Shankpal, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Topiwala National Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai.
Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital and KM Kundnani College of Pharmacy are associated with the EARS campaign in Mumbai.
Termed as the “Awareness Week on Antibiotic Knowledge and Education” (Awake), this first campaign of its kind in the country, being conducted simultaneously in six cities, including Chandigarh, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, seeks to avert one of the world’s “gravest public health threats” by promoting the rational use of antibiotics through a series of activities.