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Council aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance

Council aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance

To mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 this week, people can increase their awareness of antibiotic resistance and how they can avoid it by visiting one of a number of information stands hosted by Wiltshire Council. The week takes place from today (14 November) until 20 November and is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO). Resistance to antibiotics is an increasing global problem and the WHO have an action plan in place to work with partners to improve people’s understanding and awareness of the issue and the simple steps they can take to help. To help support the awareness week Wiltshire Council will be on hand at a number of locations in the county to talk to people about antibiotics and the importance of using them responsibly. The information stands will be found at the following locations and times: • 14 November: 10am – 4pm, Atrium County Hall, Trowbridge – a pharmacist will also be at the stand today so there will be an opportunity for anyone to ask questions about medication or if they have simple general health queries. • 15 November: 2.30pm – 5.30pm, Tidworth Pharmacy • 16 November: 9.30am – 1pm, Superdrug, Trowbridge • 18 November: 11am – 3pm, Jones Pharmacy, Royal Wootton Bassett Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, never saved for later or shared with others. It is important that antibiotics are used in the right way – the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time and for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance. They are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both people and animals but bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive their effects. The more a person uses an antibiotic the more bacteria can resist it. Colds and most coughs, sinusitis, otitis media (earache) and sore throats often get better without the use of antibiotics. Community pharmacists are well placed to help provide advice on over the counter medicines to treat symptoms and help with self-care Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, said: “We think it’s very important to support this awareness week and help get the word out that we can’t allow antibiotics to become ineffective and what we can all do collectively to help. “We hope people have an opportunity to visit our stands and get some useful information and have their questions answered about this important issue.” Wiltshire Council has also worked with local primary schools pupils to design a ‘naughty bug’ badge to promote the awareness week. The entries were judged by Issie Tucker from the council’s public health team, Helen Drown from the council’s school effectiveness team, and Jo Beal who was a guest judge from Town Hall Arts. The judging was challenging as there were so many themes and ideas from the 10 schools that took part. The winning entries were from the following primary schools: Dauntsey Academy Primary School Newton Tony Primary School, Salisbury St Mary’s Broughton Gifford Primary School Cherhill Primary School Calne Heddington Primary School Calne Seend Primary School Wiltshire Council has also produced a leaflet with lots of useful facts and information about antibiotics resistance. It can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/d16878-antibiotics-dl-leaflet.pdf


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