World Health Day marks the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) each year by selecting a health issue of importance. The goal of World Health Day is to bring together communities and people of diverse backgrounds all over the world to promote healthy living. This year’s World Health Day is on April 7th and the theme is Combat Drug Resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance, also known as drug resistance, is becoming critical problem and efforts need to be made to prevent resistance. Drug resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses and parasites change the way they react to medications used to cure them. When this occurs the bacteria, viruses or parasites become “superbugs” and can easily be spread to others and sometimes this “superbug” can kill.
What does this mean for you?
One of the best things you can do to help stop drug resistance is to take your entire prescription medicine until it is all gone or as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Also, only take prescription medicine when you need it. Be sure to use proper hygiene when sick; cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and wash your hands. Staying home when you may have a contagious illness to prevent spreading it to others can also help.
For more information on World Health Day or to learn more about antimicrobial resistance visit the World Health Organization website.