NUMS organizes symposium
on Antibiotic Awareness

RAWALPINDI: University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi organized a symposium on Antibiotic Awareness on November 17, 2017. This academic activity was in line with the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017) observed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme was “Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics”.  Eminent scientists, clinicians and policy makers who were invited to the meeting spoke and shared their experiences on antibiotic.

Group photograph shows Maj Gen Prof. Muhammad Aslam (Pro-VC NUMS), Brig Prof. Gohar Zaman
(AFIP), Prof. Mujtaba Quadri (Dean Research NUMS), Prof. Dr. Ejaz A. Khan (Shifa Int’l Hospital),
Prof. Aisha Mohyuddin (Director Research NUMS), Dr. Arshad Malik (Int’l Islamic University),
Dr. Rubab Zahra (Quadi-i-Azam University) and Faculty of NUMS on the occasion
of symposium on Antibiotic Awareness at NUMS.

The purpose of this event was to increase awareness among health workers and policy makers about the importance of prudent antibiotic use and the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance to public health. Dr. Aisha Mohyuddin, Director Research, NUMS gave an overview of the ongoing research projects on antibiotic resistance at NUMS followed by Brig. Gohar Zaman, Professor of Microbiology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi who highlighted the common perceptions and misconceptions regarding the frequent and excessive use of antibiotics in public and what can be done to minimize the growing hazard of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Rubab Zahra, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, after her detailed presentation, said; “So many challenges are faced in antimicrobial resistance research in Pakistan because authentic data from Pakistan’s Health Agencies is not collated and researchers have to rely on studies published by W.H.O”.  She quoted examples of Multi Drug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDRTB) and strikingly growing numbers of MRSA in Pakistan that needed urgent attention of the world. Emphasis was laid on the ‘significance of host immune system based therapies as an adjunct treatment to cope the resistant pathogens to decrease the chances of antibiotics resistance’ by Dr. Arshad Malik, Assistant Professor at International Islamic University, Islamabad

Later, Dr. Ejaz Khan, Professor and Chief of Pediatrics and Infectious diseases at Shifa International Hospital and Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad focused his talk on the National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. He encouraged participants to make a pledge about how they personally will use antibiotic more prudently, and become antibiotic guardians to keep the world safe from a post antibiotics resistant era. Professor Dr. Mujtaba Quadri, Dean Research & Academics at NUMS led an open discussion on general and focused measures that could be taken through academia industry and government linkage to raise awareness in masses on misuse/inappropriate use of antibiotics in order to control unnecessary antibiotic consumption and stop the world into embarking on a much feared drug resistance stage by Seeking advice and Thinking twice before taking any medication especially antibiotics.

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