Durham patients have been warned about the potentially deadly consequences of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerously high levels across the world and misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
Now Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG are using World Antibiotic Awareness Week to urge Durham patients to help fight back.
Dr Ian Davidson, Medical Director from North Durham CCG, said: “If we don’t take action, antibiotic resistance will become a huge problem in society. Public Health England estimates that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people worldwide than cancer and diabetes combined.
“I would urge all patients to trust your GP or nurse practitioner to only prescribe antibiotics when you really need them.
“We can all help by visiting the pharmacy for self-care advice and taking health care professionals’ advice on whether we need antibiotics.
“It is estimated that at least 20 per cent of all antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate. We can all work together to slow down antibiotic resistance!”
According to Public Health England, 38 per cent of people expected an antibiotic when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017.
More than three million surgical operations and cancer treatments a year could become life threatening if the current rate of antibiotic resistance continues.
For more information on antibiotic resistance, visit http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/antibiotic-resistance.