Experts call for collective efforts against Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

A baseline survey was conducted using WHO Point Prevalence Survey Methodology on Antibiotic Use in Hospitals

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Rawalpindi. (VOM). :  19th annual Conference of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Disease Society of Pakistan was conducted. The conference theme was “Let’s work together against the Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance”. Microbiologists and Infectious Disease Consultants from all over Pakistan attended the conference.

Dr Madeeha Fatima Project Manager Fleming Fund Grant II presented a paper on “Use of WHO AWaRe Classification to Evaluate Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at Six Public Sector Hospitals across Pakistan”. This study was conducted at six sentinel public sector hospitals across Pakistan, included in the Clinical engagement program, Fleming Fund Country Grant II. A baseline survey was conducted using WHO Point Prevalence Survey Methodology on Antibiotic Use in Hospitals. It was a multi-centered cross sectional study which revealed gaps in the prescription practices and identified targets in developing strategies regarding appropriate utilization of antibiotics for prophylaxis and treatment.

The audience appreciated this extensive study as Pakistan lacks data regarding antibiotic utilization. The gaps identified can lead to development and implementation of policies required to curtail rising antimicrobial resistance.

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