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INFECTIOUS DISEASE SYMPOSIUM 2015 - Antimicrobial use and resistance in Eastern Africa

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Date and time: 
Thu, 2015-07-09 11:14
Location / Venue: 

Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.

The School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics, Unit of Clinical Infectious Disease and the Infectious Diseases Society of Kenya held a two Symposium dubbed “Infectious Disease Symposium 2015”. The Symposium whose theme is Antimicrobial use and resistance in Eastern Africa was held at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
Symposium tracks highlighted during the two day event were as follows:

  • Antibiotic use in animals
  • Antifungal therapy
  • Antiseptic use
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Emerging and re-emerging infections
  • Empiric antibiotic use    Hepatitis therapy
  • Infections in the newborn
  • Infections in the immunocompromised host
  • Malaria
  • Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and extended-spectrum beta-lactamases
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Surgical Infections
  • Tuberculosis and other mycobacteria
  • Viral Infections

Dr. Louice Achieng says that there is some regulation in the use of antibiotics in Kenya which should be dispensed with a prescription. Unfortunately there are many chemists that operate without enquiring on prescriptions from recognized clinicians.
Consumers of antibiotics with no medical background take the drug due any illness or infection necessary not associated with an antibiotic drug. This in turn creates resistance as the bacteria developsdefensesystems against the drug. With time such drugs will not be effective if taken as treatment to cure illnesses such as malaria.
Drug resistance is a real threat. There needs to be a call for change in policy and regulations for acquiring of such drugs in this age of information technology.


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