- WAAW is an international campaign started by World Health Organization aimed to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
- WAAW encourages best practices among the community and health professionals to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections
Doha, 24th November 2020: Aster Medical Centers and Aster Hospital Doha, a division of Aster DM Healthcare, one of the leading integrated healthcare services providers in the region has observed World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) across their units in Qatar. WAAW is an international campaign aimed to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the community and health professionals to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
The week-long campaign was launched by Dr. Sameer Moopan, Chief Executive Officer- Aster Qatar along with Dr. Nazar Moopan, Medical Director- Aster Qatar in the presence of Mr. Kapil Chib, Chief Operating Officer- Aster Hospital, Dr. Binoy Kurian, Microbiologist & Infection Control Officer-Aster Qatar, Dr Mahesh Patel, Head of Quality Assurance- Aster Qatar, Regina Pinto, Head of Nursing Service & other officials of Aster Qatar. A series of AMR awareness activities was executed for outpatient, in-patient and healthcare professionals including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity specially designed for physicians, nurses and pharmacies.
During the inaugural address, Dr. Sameer Moopan reiterated Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health and development threat. Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials are the main drivers in the development of drug-resistant pathogens. The cost of AMR to the economy is significant. In addition to death and disability, prolonged illness results in longer hospital stays, the need for more expensive medicines and financial challenges for those impacted.” “Without effective antimicrobials, the success of modern medicine in treating infections, including during major surgery and cancer chemotherapy, would be at increased risk. It is high time we unit together to preserve antimicrobials” he added.
Talking on the activities, Dr. Mahesh Patel said resistance grows to a wider range of drugs, hence this year Aster Hospital & Medical Centers have broadened the focus of this campaign from antibiotics to all antimicrobials. Weeklong camping was based on theme “United to preserve antimicrobials” with slogan “Antimicrobials: handle with care” shared on World Health Organization.
Dr. Binoy Kurian briefed that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites resist the effects of medications, making common infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. Also, misuse of antibiotics during COVID-19 pandemic could lead to accelerated emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not by bacteria and therefore antibiotics should not be used to prevent or treat viral infections, unless bacterial infections are also present.
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Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence the Company is one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through its 21 hospitals, 113 clinics and 216 pharmacies. These are manned by our 17,700+ employees from across the geographies that we are present in, delivering on a simple yet strong promise to its people: “We’ll treat you well.” We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.
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