Turkey among coun­tries fac­ing high­est an­tibi­otics re­sis­tance

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

A NEW re­port by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) put Turkey among the coun­tries with the high­est an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance. The re­port “Stem­ming The Su­per­bug Tide: Just A Few Dol­lars More” says the av­er­age re­sis­tance pro­por­tions in Turkey, Korea and Greece (about 35 per­cent) were seven times higher than in Ice­land, the Nether­lands and Nor­way, the coun­tries with the low­est pro­por­tions or about 5 per­cent.

The find­ing is not sur­pris­ing for a coun­try where a cul­ture of tak­ing an­tibi­otics even in the case of a slight sick­ness is preva­lent. The coun­try was al­ready among the top three coun­tries in terms of weak an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance to some in­fec­tions ac­cord­ing to a 2014 re­port by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

Re­form­ing its health­care sys­tem in the past decade, Turkey eased ac­cess to health ser­vices, sav­ing mil­lions from the night­mare of wait­ing for treat­ment at un­der­staffed hospi­tals and in­cluded more cit­i­zens within the so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem. How­ever, this is also blamed for overuse of an­tibi- otics amid a preva­lent mind­set that views con­sump­tion of more pills or medicine equal to quicker treat­ment even in the case of the com­mon cold. The gov­ern­ment re­cently launched an aware­ness cam­paign, urg­ing cit­i­zens to con­trol in­take of an­tibi­otics and pro­mot­ing ef­fec­tive use of an­timi­cro­bials.

The OECD re­port says su­per­bug in­fec­tions could cost the lives of around 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple in Europe, North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia over the next 30 years un­less more is done to stem an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance.

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