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Posters and brochures will be distributed in health centers on the island, to celebrate the week of the rational use of antibiotics

The Health Services Management of the Health Area of ​​La Palma, attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, is carrying out an information campaign this week in the health centers of the island to promote the rational use of antibiotics.

Posters and information brochures on the National Antibiotic Resistance Plan will be distributed in all health centers on the island with the aim of informing and raising awareness among the population about the importance of making responsible use of this type of medication and of preventing and control the spread of resistance to these drugs.

To achieve this, there will be the involvement of health professionals and the collaboration of resident internal doctors (MIR) in the centers on the island, under the coordination of the PROA team (Optimization of Antibiotic Use) of the Health Area of ​​La Palm.

World Awareness Week

This action is part of the commemoration of World Antibiotic Awareness Week and the European Day for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, which is celebrated from November 20 to 26.

On the occasion of this celebration, the National Plan against Antibiotic Resistance (PRAN) has carried out the national campaign under the motto ‘Antibiotics, protecting us is your job. Yours, use them well’, to raise awareness among the entire population about the proper use of antibiotics.

The PRAN is a strategic and action plan whose objective is to reduce the risk of selection and spread of resistance to antibiotics and, consequently, reduce the impact of this problem on the health of people and animals, sustainably preserving the effectiveness of existing antibiotics.

Approved in 2014, all the autonomous communities, more than 70 scientific societies, collegiate organizations, professional associations and universities, and around 300 expert collaborators participate in it.

Antibiotics are medications that fight bacterial infections, although for years an increase in resistance to them has been observed, especially due to the inappropriate use of these drugs.

This fact is currently considered one of the main Public Health problems that presents serious consequences, because it increases the morbidity of patients with serious infections.

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