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Experts fret about overuse of antibiotics

BANGKOK: Health experts have urged people to cut their use of antibiotics amid an alarming rise in infections that are resistant to the drugs.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 21 December 2019, 01:05PM


The widespread and incorrect use of antibiotics in aquaculture and agriculture is severely impacting health and the environment, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Prapat Pothasuthon. Photo: via Bangkok Post

The widespread and incorrect use of antibiotics in aquaculture and agriculture is severely impacting health and the environment, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Prapat Pothasuthon. Photo: via Bangkok Post

“Antibiotic resistance is considered a major public health problem in Thailand, with approximately 80,000 AMR [antimicrobial resistance] cases a year, leading to longer hospital stays, a higher chance of death and economic losses of no less than B40 billion,” said Dr Luechai Sringernyuang, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mahidol University.

He made the statement recently at a conference titled “One Health Drivers of Antibacterial Resistance in Thailand” (OH-DART).

OH-DART is a three-way research project spanning Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Chulabhorn Research Institute and the University of Bristol (UK), with funding provided by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research.

“The widespread and incorrect use” of antibiotics in aquaculture and agriculture is severely impacting health and the environment, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Prapat Pothasuthon.

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In 2016, the government endorsed the first five-year National Strategic Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in Thailand from 2017 to 2021.The plan targets a 50% reduction in ABR morbidity, 20% and 30% reductions in antimicrobial use in human and animal health, and a 20% increase in public knowledge about AMR.

 

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malczx7r | 24 December 2019 - 05:19:17

If you are worried about the price of amoxicillin, then go to supercheap near the bus station, you can buy boxes of 400 for about 800baht along with many other medical supplies in the pharmacy there! But don't take unnecessarily, just if they are needed!

CaptainJack69 | 23 December 2019 - 11:57:43

Like always Thailand is years behind the rest of the world. Antibiotics are ubiquitous in farming here and you can't visit a doctor without being forced to take a bag of Amoxicillin and being told you absolutely MUST take all of them no matter what's wrong with you. They can charge up to 1000% markup on some meds after all, and legally charge foreigners more for the same thing. 

Kurt | 21 December 2019 - 16:10:39

No news! Thai see a thai doctor when they have a nose/throat cold or headache and leave with a large bag of antibiotics, ( money business) instead with of  advice to take at home teaspoon salt in glass warm water and gargle, and/or have a tablet aspirin/ paracetamol with hot tea. By the time they reach age 50, they are resistant.

 

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