Antibiotics Resistance

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ANTIBIOTICS RESISTANCE

“Hello?”
“Hello, my love. I think I am due. The water has broken”….

24 hours pass. Still no delivery.
“We have to carry out a C-section”, the Doctor tells my husband.
“What do you think?”, he asks, holding my hand. “Should they go ahead?”
I nod…

I can hear sounds. I stir. Ouch! I wince. I’m in pains! Then I remember everything. Very carefully I reach out to feel the site of sugery. All I could feel is the plaster covering the suture…

“You are awake!” He reaches to hold my hands.
“That’s our baby”, he answers my unvoiced question. I follow his gaze…

So my C-S is successful. My first child is born! I’m still alive! Glory be to God!

On the 10th day, the stitches are removed. The wound is healed and I’m free!

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Friday, 12 noon. At my Pharmacy:
“Hello! Sister! Sister! My stomach! Aaaagh!”
Fear grips me.
My heart pounds.
“What is it? What’s the matter?”
“It’s biting me…. Aaaaaaaaagh Please come!”
“Hello! Hello!” I call out on the phone anxiously.
“Hello ma.” The voice of another. “This is his classmate. We are taking him to the school clinic”
I sort out things at the pharmacy and head for his campus.

Friday, 2pm. At the School Clinc;
“I’m afraid your brother has hernia. And it’s an emergency”, the doctor tells me. “The school ambulance has been sent for….”

Saturday, 3pm
I watch him as he snores loudly, deep in sleep. The surgery has been done. He is yet to come round.
“It is well with you”, I whisper.

The following week:
My brother is discharged.
All is well.

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Many of you reading my post can identify with my stories. If you haven’t experienced it, you know a loved one who has.

In both cases, antibiotics played a key role in the success of the intervention.

Antibiotics are used to prevent the invasion of bacteria (infection) at the site of surgery. Infections can prevent the healing of the incision made at the surgery site. This can lead to life-threatening complications.

Imagine if there was antibiotics resistance. What do you think would happen when ALL antibiotics no longer work?

This is gradually becoming a reality. We are gradually heading towards an “antibiotic apocalypse”.

You may call me a prophet of doom.
“God forbid! It’s not our portion” Yes, God forbid. But gues what? We are the major reason antibiotics are gradually losing their power!

“How? What do you mean?”, you ask.

You will soon understand.

Stay tuned!

I remain
Aunty Pharmacist

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Antibiotics Resistance

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

I stare at my right leg.
Sigh.
It’s been a week since I noticed this weeping wound. It’s not showing any sign of improvement. I was baffled. I didn’t have an accident. No fall. Nothing. It just appeared and was getting deeper.
Now I have to do something.

The next day…
Here I am at Jaja. Waiting for my turn. Ever since I became a student of University of Ibadan 4 years ago, this is my 2nd visit. You can be sure that whatever brought me here was serious! Clinics are not my favorite places. This wound was getting pretty scary!

The doctor examines my leg. Without saying a word she goes back to her seat and scribbles.
“Take it to the dressing room”, she said as she hands me the note.

At the dressing room, my wound is dresssed. Another nurse comes in and gives a shot.
Chei! The pain of the injection! It’s like fire running down my leg. Aagh! For 5 days I endure the ordeal. But it is worth it. The wound quickly heals.

That was 20 years ago.
I got to find out that the injection I took was Procaine Penicillin. An antibiotic. In retrospect, it’s likely the wound was caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus.

(Many myths surround Staph, as it’s commonly called. For the truth about Staph, tap here: http://bit.ly/2wPhKDV)

20 years ago, Procaine Penicillin was so effective for my wound. Today, Staphylococcus is smarter. Many have grown resistant to Penicillins. Some Staph. bacteria have even become Superbugs, resisting several types of antibiotics.

What do you think would have happened if the bacteria that caused my wound 20 years ago was a Superbug? The thought is pretty scary!

This is what is happening right under our noses. Antibiotics are no longer working like before because more and more bacteria are getting resistant to more and more antibiotics.

And it could get worse…
Unless we act.
And quickly too!

How to take action?

Stay tuned.

I remain Aunty Pharmacist!

Antibiotics And Kids

Antibiotics have saved many lives over the years. We are truly fortunate to have them available for serious bacterial infections. Unfortunately, antibiotics are excessively prescribed, especially to children.
Yes, it’s true. Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is that they not only kill off the bad guys, they kill off the good ones too.
Using antibiotics irrationally destroys the beneficial germs, which significantly increases the risk of our children developing long-term health problems.

Toys, Germs And Kids

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The risk of getting germs from toys rises when other kids are handling the same toys. Most of the time, washing toys with soap and water and letting them air-dry every couple weeks is fine. But when we have a couple of kids manhandling the same toys, the risk of bacteria infection rises. These times call for a regular household bleach wash (one-quarter cup of household bleach in one gallon of water). Wash, rinse thoroughly and air-dry the goods. Fuzzy toys are germ magnets and are harder to clean, so you might want to put these away other kids are around.

STAPHYLOCOCCUS!

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“Aunty Pharmacist, na wetin be this?” Mama Kosi asked me as I examined her baby girl’s face closely.
I could see that this was a classic case of impetigo on Kosi’s face.
“Na skin infection”, I replied, for want of a better description.
“Infection kwa! For small pikin whey never know man?” She queried in disbelief. You see in my rural community, the word ‘nfection’ is synonymous with sexually transmitted infections.
“Wetin cos this kine infection?” She queried further, looking very worried.
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