Ducit Blue Solutions, a health consulting firm, and Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja, are leading the campaign to sensitise Nigerians on antimicrobial resistance.
The two organisations recently organised a week-long round of activities to mark the World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW) in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015 created the World Antibiotics Awareness Week to increase the global awareness of threat of antibiotics resistance, and encourage best practice among the general public, health care professionals and policy makers in order to avoid further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
The week-long activities for the WAAW campaign started with the setting up of a handwashing station at the entrance to the Gwarinpa General Hospital and sensitisation of people on the appropriate technique in hand washing and the importance of handwashing to disease prevention, which will help reduce the need for antibiotics.
The highlight of the week was a Continuous Medical Education (CME) session held on 6 November at the hospital and attended by over 80 members of staff of the hospital.
Speakers at the CME included Pharm. Onyekachi Mbadiwe of Ducit Blue Solutions, who spoke on the global threat of antibiotics resistance; Pharm. Opeyemi Omole of Gwarinpa General Hospital and Pharm. Chidinma Ezeoke of Clarion Medicals.
Speaking with Pharmanews, Pharm. Mbadiwe said Ducit Blue Solutions is committed to improving patients’ safety in Nigeria and helping to reduce antimicrobial resistance, adding that the company will sustain the awareness campaign beyond the 2016 WAAW to drive the change in attitude needed to curb the threat of antibiotics resistance.