Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Health Knowledge, Behaviour and Risk for the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Health Knowledge, Behaviour and Risk for the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

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Dear Editor,

The recent report from India on 'Health knowledge and behaviour and risk for the spread of antibiotic resistance' is very interesting.[1] Almeida Santimano and Foxcroft noted that 'young adults in India had poor antibiotic knowledge and practice'[1] and 'efforts to improve antibiotic health knowledge and safe practice are required to help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance'.[1] Poor knowledge is a big problem, and there are many factors relating to the spread of antibiotic resistance. The first question is whether the general public need detailed knowledge on how to use antibiotics. In fact, the correct suggestion has to be provided by the pharmacist and it is the role of the local government to control the use of antibiotics.

Another interesting observation is that antibiotics are easily available in several developing countries. If antibiotics are available as over-the-counter drugs, this can cause many problems, including antibiotic resistance. A recent report by Santa-Ana-Tellez et al. clearly stated that regulations can be a means to 'improve the antibiotics use and as a consequence reduce antimicrobial resistance'. …

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