Health experts have cited self-medication and lack of adherence to medical dosages as some of the prime factors driving anti-microbial resistance in Uganda.
This was revealed at a Ministry Of Health organized media breakfast that was held at Lourdel towers in Kampala.
Makerere University Microbiologist Dr. Henry Kajumbula warned that as a growing vice, a considerable number of Ugandans are constantly involved in the practice treating themselves without undergoing proper medical check-up something that he says has precipitated organisms’ resistance.
As a result of this, he says it is now becoming increasingly expensive for medics to expunge these resilient organisms.
“Anti-biotic resistance not only affects the health but it also affects the livelihoods of the people. If one has a resistant organism to common anti-biotics such as Amoxicillin, it means you have to use a superior anti-biotic which will cost much more”, he says.
Kajumbula says whereas a one week dose of amoxicillin costs about 2000 shillings in local drug stores, to access superior antibiotics like meropenum one has to part with about 100,000 Ugandan shillings a fee which is nominally high for the average citizen.
Hellen Byomire the National Drug Authority director product safety, warned people to stay away from buying expired drugs and those stored in poor facilities saying such medicine is likely to breed anti-microbial resistance.
Meanwhile, Kajumbula also cautioned cattle herders to seek the services of veterinary doctors in case their animals show any signs of illness to avoid transmitting these same infections to humans.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) it is estimated that ten years from now, 24 million people globally will be driven into extreme poverty as a result of anti-biotic resistance.