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Latvian ministry to search for a way to reduce antibiotics consumption
«According to antibacterial medicines consumption data, consumption of antibiotics for treatment of humans in Latvia is one of the lowest in the European Union. It is important to maintain this level or ensure its reduction. At the same time, it is also important to ensure accessibility of quality healthcare services for Latvian residents,» Healthcare Ministry reports.
The ministry explains that irresponsible use of antibiotics is one of the main reasons for microorganisms developing resistance, which is a serious healthcare problem. Antimicrobial resistance creates risks for society. It is closely tied to increased consumption of healthcare resources. Antimicrobial resistance affects healthcare budget and the national economy as a whole because patients suffering from highly resistant microbial infection have a lower chance of recovering. These patients require additional examination and treatment periods.
«This is why to resolve topical problems associated with the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Latvia and coordinate the situation’s improvement, as well as exchange information and experience, Healthcare Ministry and Agriculture Ministry together with World Health Organization’s European Regional Office have organized an international inter-sectoral conference,» the ministry reports. Healthcare Ministry and Agriculture Ministry have started working on a new plan. Its priority is improving the quality of data on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotics consumption, as well as promote responsible consumption of antibiotics for humans and animals, further improve research of antimicrobial resistance and raise awareness of specialists and residents on responsible use of antibiotics, the ministry explains.