Antibiotics sell freely without prescriptions in Kishoreganj

Published : 19 Oct 2021 08:32 PM | Updated : 21 Oct 2021 02:16 PM

In Kishoreganj, the tendency to take antibiotics without a doctor's advice is uprising rapidly. In addition, not to complete the antibiotic course or to take antibiotics for minor physical problems is also increasing which is increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance in the region.

According to a study by the World Health Organization, the treatment of diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis is being severely hampered due to misuse and unintentional use of antibiotics. The latest study by the World Health Organization on antibiotics reveals that such drugs are losing their effectiveness at an alarming rate due to the unintentional use of antibiotics.

Research has shown that people take medicines without a prescription for some common ailments without consulting a doctor. They are not at all aware of the side effects or health risks. Medicines are temporarily cured by taking medicine, so ordinary people do not usually worry about its side effects. Antibiotics cannot be sold to buyers without a doctor's prescription. But it goes without saying that the implementation of that rule was not found on the spot.

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Taking antibiotics too often or for the wrong reasons can change bacteria so much that antibiotics don't work against them. This is called bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance. Some bacteria are now resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics available.  Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls it "one of the world's most pressing public health problems." It's especially a concern in low-income and developing countries as health regulatory commissions in those countries often do not impose strict regulation on medicine purchase.

Talking to countless people like Afran, Mahbub, Murad, Noor Alam, Rony and others at Kishoreganj Sadar upazila, it is known that they are not at all aware of the side effects or health risks of taking the medicine in this way. Many of their acquaintances take medicine without expert advice. Pharmacists sell medicines without any question if they want to buy widely used antibiotics. Again, many doctors are prescribing antibiotics for minor ailments.

Bangladesh Medical Association, Kishoreganj District Branch General Secretary Dr Abdul Wahab Badal said antibiotics could not be sold anywhere in the world without a written prescription. As a result of selling antibiotics everywhere, the body's resistance to disease is declining as people take antibiotics. Lately, it has been seen that many operation patients are not recovering at normal rate as the wounds are not healing due to the previous antibiotic overdose. It is the effect of mass antibiotic consumption. After a while it will be seen that no more antibiotics are working in the human body.

District Medicine Inspector Tahmid Jamil said that authorities are monitoring the situation. Fines are imposed through mobile courts at various times. In this case, cooperation from the consumers is needed to. Large scale advertisement can also create awareness among the patients and pharmacists. Processes to abolish the sale of antibiotics without prescription will take time, he added.

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