Africa Life Clinic: Antibiotic resistance

by Amref Health Africa

Infections caused by germs which have become resistant to the medicines used to treat them pose a great threat to people’s health, as curable diseases become untreatable. Unregulated medicine dispensation and improper cleaning and sterilisation at hospitals can all contribute to the spread of resistant germs. Overuse of antibiotics in animal rearing can also contribute, although this is less prevalent in Africa. Priscilla Ngethe discusses these issues with BBC Africa Health Editor Anne Mawathe, Professor Joachim Osur and Dr John Kiiru.

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