Barbados has joined a global response to what has been described as a serious and growing public health threat worldwide
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John, addressed a two-day workshop held last week to complete Barbados' National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Dayrells Road, St. Michael.
She told participants that the emerging loss of effective antimicrobials would reduce the ability to protect vulnerable persons from controllable infectious diseases, and this would have a severe impact on individuals, healthcare systems, global trade, agriculture and the environment.
Dr. St. John explained that antimicrobial drugs that used to be effective against particular organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites no longer worked.
For example, in Barbados, gonorrhea was no longer susceptible to treatment by penicillin.