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Plans in place for a new database to monitor antibiotics use

November 13, 2018 3:20 am

The Fiji Pharmaceutical Services has plans to put in place a new database to monitor the use of antibiotics.

Acting Chief Pharmacist, Dr Apolosi Vosanibola says with the increasing antimicrobial resistance in the animal and the health sector, there is an urgent need to address the issue.

Dr Vosanibola says the new database will enable them to monitor all antibiotics that are in demand and will help them on how best they will deal with the resistance.

“At the moment in the hospitals we have our monitoring and surveillance system where we carry out test for Bacteria and infections on their sensitivity to determine the types of bacteria and if they are resistance, we will have a database where we will monitor and keep a database so we see how that impacts and how it has spread out throughout the country.”

He adds the only challenge in putting together the new database are human resources and equipment.

The database will monitor antimicrobial resistance in the animal, health and the human health sector.