The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against taking excess antibiotics; saying it accelerates the process of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and leads to avoidable deaths.
The warning is contained in a statement signed by the agency’s resident media consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola; and also issued to newsmen on Sunday, November 28.
The statement stated that the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, disclosed this during a virtual meeting/2021anniversary of World Antimicrobial Resistance Week (WAAW).
The theme for this anniversary is “spread awareness, stop resistance,” where Adeyeye sounded a warning that if allowed to fester, antimicrobial resistance could lead to death.
She added that the menace and war against AMR have not only gained prominence and global attention, but also have become a significant battle that the human race must win.
“It is in view of this fact; I am delighted to be part of this battle and welcome all our esteemed stakeholders; to the front line of this battle. Creating awareness amidst us all is a major step in AMR stewardship to effectively stop resistance.
“The step is unique and is expected, not only to redirect our way of handling and use of antimicrobial agents; but also to yield a significant reduction in the incidence of AMR.
“NAFDAC is using the stakeholders’ meeting to mark her participation in the year 2021 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), targeting professionals in the Healthcare sector, including veterinarians, Animal Husbandry professionals in livestock production, Plant Pathologists, and individuals that use antimicrobial agents,” she said.
Adeyeye expressed dismay over the development and proliferation of AMR; saying that the ability of pathogenic microorganism to resist the effect of antimicrobial agents; when used have compromised the ability of antimicrobials to effectively treat infectious diseases as expected.
According to the NAFDAC DG, “this is necessary and extremely important; to ensure food safety, food security, a safe environment, and a healthy citizen in our dear country.”
She added that everyone in the healthcare, livestock production, and environmental management sub-sectors of the economy is directly or indirectly involved in curbing AMR.
Adeyeye reaffirmed NAFDAC’s commitment to ensuring that only safe and wholesome food, drugs, and other regulated products are available to Nigerians.