World Health Organisation (WHO) entails responsible use of antibiotics both in humans and animals. The aim of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19th November 2017 was to raise awareness among the masses about the importance and appropriate use of antibiotics, and to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance to public health.
The Biogenetic faculty (Multidisciplinary Department) of National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) organised a symposium on antibiotic awareness entitled “Seek advice: Think twice” on Friday, 17th November 2017. Eminent scientists, clinicians and policy makers were invited to grace this event.
Dr Aisha Mohyuddin, Director Research and Head of Biogenetics Department presented an overview of the ongoing research projects on antibiotic resistance at NUMS. Brig Gohar Zaman, Head of Microbiology Department, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rawalpindi highlighted the common perceptions, frequent and excessive use of antibiotics in public. Dr Rubab Zahra, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, discussed the challenges in antimicrobial resistance research. Dr Arshad Malik, Assistant Professor, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) discussed the importance of host immune system based therapies as an adjunct treatment to cope with the resistant pathogens.
Dr Ejaz Khan, Professor and Chief of Pediatrics and Infectious diseases, Shifa International Hospital and Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, talked about the national action plan on antimicrobial resistance. He encouraged the participants to make a pledge about how will they personally use antibiotics more prudently.
In the end, the discussion session was chaired by Dr Mujtaba Quadri, Dean ORIC and Research, NUMS and the participants from academia, health, public and policy making organisations shared their views, experiences and future plans to control unnecessary antibiotic consumption.
Maj Gen (Retd) Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam, Pro Vice Chancellor, NUMS concluded the event and presented the souvenirs to the distinguished speakers.