Lat­vian min­istry to search for a way to re­duce an­tibi­otics con­sump­tion

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«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.

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