NCDC hosts inaugural meeting of National Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination Committee

The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing at an alarming rate and the situation is aggravated due to the inappropriate use of antimicrobials. Self-medication is a common practice where patients often get antimicrobials without prescription and through unregulated supply chains. This results in the exposure of pathogens to antimicrobials that do not work sufficiently, thus increasing the chances of acquiring resistance and all its consequences. The emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms has led to increased mortality and economic burden. The Federal Government of Nigeria is contributing to the global response to the AMR threat, including the establishment of a committee that will work together to advocate for the responsible use of antimicrobials.

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