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Nov 16, 2018

An Antibiotic Awareness Forum

The Belize Agricultural and Health Authority and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization convened yet another round of discussions with stakeholders in the agricultural and health industries. The antibiotic awareness forum looks at monitoring the use and misuse of medicine in humans and animals, which inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms. The theme of the conference, “Change can’t wait; our time with antibiotics is running out,” is critical because the health service providers are finding that misuse can cause microorganism to become immune to antibiotics.


Samira Gongora

Samira Gongora, Drug Inspector, Ministry of Health

“Antimicrobial resistance is reaching high levels, it is reaching dangerously high levels all over the world. We are seeing that we have a lot of antibiotics that are becoming resistant to infection and so we need to sensitize the private sector of where we are and where we need to be; the things that need to be in place—the protocol, the procedures, the guidelines—that needs to be in place to ensure that our future generation has antibiotics that can be used for infectious diseases. It is sensitizing this sector to make sure that they inform their patient that not because you tell me you need an antibiotic really means that you need it, but in fact treating conditions for actually what the antibiotic is being made for and not misusing it so that we can having for generations to come and we don’t have resistance of the antibiotics for the conditions that they are made to treat.”

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