Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to the public health including Brunei Darussalam, which encompasses the threat of costlier treatment and possible return of the pre-antibiotics era, where even common bacterial infections are life-threatening. These worrying matter needs to be addressed through the public accountability.

The Minister of Health, in a message in conjunction with World Antibiotic Awareness Week urged citizens and residents in the country to increase their awareness and be responsible in playing their respective roles in together tackling the increase in antibiotic resistance including Antimicrobial resistance, in line with this year's theme 'Antibiotic abuse puts us all at risk. Think twice, Seek Advice.'

According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham Bin Haji Jaafar, among the steps required to reduce risk of antibiotic or antimicrobial resistance are less exposure to patients, always get advice from doctors before using antibiotics and not to ask for antibiotics unless required. If antibiotics are to be taken, doctor's instructions must be followed, a patient should not share medicines, including antibiotics with another. For healthcare professional, appropriate measures should be taken.

The Minister of Health hope the country's citizens and residents to note that it is important to maintain the efficacy of antimicrob and antibiotic drugs. Yang Berhormat advised all parties to seek advice from doctors before consumption. Take the correct antimicrob and antibiotic drug to stop the spread of antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance for the sake of the next generation.

Source: Radio Television Brunei