Current DateSeptember 28, 2021

Covid-19: World Health Organization warns of the risks of overuse of antibiotics

At a virtual press conference, the World Health Organization warned of overuse of antibiotics in patients with Covid-19. Their use is only necessary in case of associated bacterial infection.

An unexpecting number of bacterial infections are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, warns the WHO. The Covid-19 pandemic is among other things blamed. “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which will ultimately lead to higher rates of bacterial resistance that will impact the burden of disease and death during the pandemic and beyond “alerted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, during a virtual press conference on Monday 1st June.

The spokesman said the threat of antibiotic resistance is “one of the most pressing challenges of our time.” In its question-and-answer article, the WHO recalls that antibiotics do not act against viruses but against bacteria. Antibiotics should therefore not be used as a means of prevention or treatment in the event of Covid-19. Only certain patients hospitalized for SARS-CoV-2 infection should take antibiotics if they report associated bacterial infections. WHO has published instructions for doctors. They are asking them not to provide antibiotic therapy or prophylaxis to patients with mild Covid-19 or to patients with moderate form of Covid-19 without clinical suspicion of bacterial infection.

WHO Director-General points to “overuse” of antibiotics in some countries, deploring the fact that these vital medicines were not available in other low-income states, which resulted in “unnecessary suffering” And the dead”.

Antibiotic resistance is defined by the abusive and often incorrect use of antibiotics, “contributing to the development and spread of bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics” informs the Ministry of Solidarity and Health3. “This resistance develops when a bacteria transforms and develops defense mechanisms, reducing or canceling the action of the antibiotics that fight it.”

It is a serious public health problem that is progressing. “Antibiotic resistance threatens our current way of life and jeopardizes all the advances that medicine has made for more than 70 years” adds the Ministry, “If the habits of overuse of antibiotics are not stopped, the antibiotic resistance could become one of the main causes of death in the world ”.