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    Specialists urge residents to use antibiotics responsibly

    RIGA, Nov 10 (LETA) - Antibiotics are not a magic wand to treat all diseases, and antibiotics should only be used when necessary, several specialists emphasized today during a conference on responsible antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.

    Health Minister Anda Caksa explained that antibiotics must only be used for treatment of bacterial infections, and in many cases people should actually use penicillin, not antibiotics.

    There are many myths about medicine that people believe, and one of these myths is that antibiotics can be used to cure any disease, and the more expensive an antibiotic, the more effective it is. This is not so at all as many diseases can and must be treated without antibiotics, stressed Caksa.

    The Health Prevention and Control Center's senior expert Elina Dimina said at the conference that, historically, antibiotics are not used very often in Latvia, and consumption of antibiotics has not changed significantly during the past five years.

    Aiga Rurane, head of the World Health Organization's (WHO) representation in Latvia, said that antimicrobial resistance was a global problem. The WHO considers antimicrobial resistance one of the main future problems. It is important to educate society about responsible antibiotic use in order to reduce microbial resistance.

    • Published: 10.11.2017 17:12
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