ANTIBIOTICS are used for the treatment or prevention of certain types of bacterial infections. They work by killing bacteria and stopping them from reproducing and spreading. They don’t work for everything, which is why, when it comes to antibiotics, take your doctor’s advice.
This is the message NHS is trying to send to the public by using a bunch of singing pills. Health authorities are trying to cut the number of antibiotics that are misused by the general public.
The target is to stop their effectiveness to drop. The pills are decreasing in effectiveness by the year because their widespread use means that bacteria has evolved to become immune to them.
Dr William Welfare believes that the figures for deaths cause by the misuse of pills will rise to incredible numbers by 2050, numbers that will defeat the figure of deaths caused by cancer and diabetes combined.
The NHS wants only to prescribe antibiotics to severe cases, and is hopeful that by educating the population, patients will be less likely to ask for antibiotics in cases where they’re not needed and more likely to use them properly.
Public Health England has conducted a research which concluded that the singing pills were the most effective way to convince the public to take the message seriously.
— NHS Salford CCG (@SalfordCCG) December 5, 2017
The overuse of antibiotics in recent years has proven to have made them less effective and has led to the appearance of “superbugs”. These strains of bacteria have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics.
The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign urges people in the North west to always trust their doctor, nurse or pharmacist’s advice as to when antibiotics are actually needed and if they are prescribed, to take them as directed, never save them for later or share them with others. The campaign provides effective self-care
advice to help individuals manage their illness if they are not prescribed antibiotics.
“Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, such as meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis, but they are frequently used inappropriately to treat illnesses that can get better by themselves, such as colds. If you take antibiotics, when you don’t need them, the antibiotics will be less effective in fighting the next bacterial infection you get. To ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ for you and your family, always take your doctor’s advice.”, says Dr William Welfare, consultant in Health Protection, PHE in the North West.