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Antibiotic awareness week to begin on November 16

Update: October, 26/2015 - 17:26
Authorities encourage people to use only prescribed antibiotics for antimicrobial resistance prevention. — Photo MoH

HA NOI (VNS) — An antibiotic awareness week will be launched nation-wide for the first time on November 16 in an effort to prevent antimicrobial resistance and promote reasonable use of the drug.

"Antimicrobial resistance is a multidimensional threat to human survival, public health, trade and the economy and the overall sustainable development of Viet Nam," Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen said at a conference today.

The event, held by the health ministry, aims to mobilise the Party, Government and relevant authorities to facilitate programmes for antimicrobial resistance prevention and to promote awareness and measures to prevent overuse of drugs in health, agriculture and breeding.

During the week, a communication campaign will be promoted with a focus on drug resistance prevention and bacterial contamination control at hospitals and in the community.

A series of activities, including seminars, a meeting and a parade, will be organised in the country's major cities such as Ha Noi, HCM City, Can Tho, Hue and Da Nang.

The ministry also plans to collect 1 million signatures to support the commitment to preventing antimicrobial resistance in Viet Nam. — VNS

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