Antibiotic resistance week 2017 “Think twice. Seek advice”

In conclusion to our previous posts on antibiotic resistance (AMR) awareness week, we are extremely pleased to see a fantastic response from our partners in Nigeria who have worked incredibly hard to raise awareness through education in their local region and have used BARNARDS findings as a platform to demonstrate the real threat that AMR presents.

AMR poses a greater risk to those particularly vulnerable to infection, neonates are amongst this group. Where an infection is difficult to treat due to drugs rendered ineffective from resistant bacteria, developing societies may not have easy access to a wider range of antibiotic options further limiting treatment options when resistant bacterial infections emerge with consequent health implications. By educating doctors, nurses, non-clinical hospital staff and the public on responsible administration and use of antibiotics, the lifespan of effective life-saving treatment options can be extended by minimising the rate at which bacterial resistance emerges.

Read the report below on the Nigerian AMR seminar by Dr Chinagozi Edwin our BARNARDS Kano Clinical Microbiology lead.

“Organised by BARNARDS study team in conjunction with Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.


Antibiotic Awareness Week is a yearly one-week celebration with the overall aim of reducing improper consumption of antibiotics thereby reducing the threat of antimicrobial resistance and keeping antibiotics effective as long as possible in order that those in need can get the best possible treatment.

This year took place from 13th to 19th of November, 2017. The theme of the programme this year was: “THINK TWICE. SEEK ADVICE (seek advice from a healthcare professional before taking antibiotic)”
BARNARDS study team in conjunction with Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital (MMSH) joined the global community to mark this year’s event with a symposium that took place on 17th November, 2017 at the hospital’s conference hall. The subthemes of the symposium were the problem of antibiotic resistance, burden of antibiotic resistance in Kano and rational use of antibiotics.
The purpose of the symposium was to:
1. To raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance among MMSH Community.
2. To highlight the burden of antibiotic resistance in MMSH and its environs by presenting findings from BARNARDS study antibiograms.
3. To educate participants on the principles and importance of rational use of antibiotics.

Project activities
A meeting was held among the CMD of MMSH and BARNARDS team during which a programme was drawn up including invitation of an Infectious Disease Clinician as a resource person.
It was also planned that the following would be produced: posters and flex banners and antibiotic awareness promotional customized face caps for improved publicity. Finally, it was agreed that refreshment in form of snacks and soft drinks would be served the participants at the occasion. The hospital took the responsibility of bringing the resource person while BARNARDS took responsibility for the printing and provision of the refreshment. In addition to the posters, advocacy calls were made to various departments of the hospital to enhance attendance.

QA participants (002)

The programme was well attended by members of the hospital community with an attendance of over 100 participants, made up of doctors, nurses, students and non-clinical staff.
The event kicked off with introduction of the resource persons and an opening remark on the event by the CMD.
The resource persons made their presentations and afterwards questions, a lot of them, were asked by the audience and answers were provided by the resource persons.

The CMD finally gave a vote of thanks to BARNARDS team for their effort at improving service in MMSH since it came into the institution.
The attendees asked very poignant questions and commended the programme which showed that the event was a success.


Recommendations / Follow-up
1. Need to produce antibiotic awareness promotional posters and leaflets particularly for the medical officers.
2. Sharing BARNARDS study antibiogram findings with more clinical departments in summarized hard copy form.
3. Need to extend antibiogram study to the adult patient population.”

-By Dr Chinagozi Edwin our BARNARDS Kano Clinical Microbiology lead

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Antibiotic resistance week 2017 “Think twice. Seek advice”

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