Antimicrobial resistance in Saudi Arabia: an urgent call for an immediate action

Zowawi, Hosam M. (2016) Antimicrobial resistance in Saudi Arabia: an urgent call for an immediate action. Saudi Medical Journal, 37 9: 935-940. doi:10.15537/smj.2016.9.16139


Author Zowawi, Hosam M.
Title Antimicrobial resistance in Saudi Arabia: an urgent call for an immediate action
Journal name Saudi Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1658-3175
0379-5284
Publication date 2016-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.15537/smj.2016.9.16139
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 37
Issue 9
Start page 935
End page 940
Total pages 6
Place of publication Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Publisher Saudi Arabian Armed Forces Ministry of Defence and Aviation * Medical Services Department
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly being highlighted as an urgent public and animal health issue worldwide. This issue is well demonstrated in bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics, suggesting a future with untreatable infections. International agencies have suggested combating strategies against AMR. Saudi Arabia has several challenges that can stimulate the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Tackling these challenges need efforts from multiple sectors to successfully control the spread and emergence of AMR in the country. Actions should include active surveillance to monitor the emergence and spread of AMR. Infection prevention and control precautions should also be optimized to limit further spread. Raising awareness is essential to limit inappropriate antibiotics use, and the antibiotic stewardship programs in hospital settings, outpatients, and community pharmacies, should regulate the ongoing use of antimicrobials.
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