When the medicine becomes poison we swallow it

By: Tahani al-Sabri

A lot of us may be infected by simple illnesses. However, our money goes directly to private pharmacies to buy the drug known as “antibiotic”, where cold, sneezing, dry throat, painm and the other symptoms force us to think that antibiotics are the perfect solution for treatment.

Recently the consumption of drugs increased without recourse to the doctor’s prescriptions. Patients used them a lot and randomly, which becomes a serious threat to the patients’ life and doubles symptoms of this disease. The biggest risk is when we use this medication for children in different doses without medical advice, which endangers them.

Misuse of antibiotics leads to stronger microbial strains that are resistant, and cause severe infections which are difficult to treat, and sometimes even double the symptoms of the disease. They also weaken the body’s immunity.Dr. Abdulhakeem al-Kobati, works at al-Gumheri hospital, and advised caution.

“Taking antibiotics randomly, threats  kidney cells, liver and bone marrow, which leads to the inability of the immune system to fight microbes and give immunity to germs. The danger lies  on the child and pregnant woman if they consume such drugs.  The overtaking of this medicine creates resistive type of antibiotics as Staphylococcus  bacteria.”

A report  presented by World Health Organization( WHO)  revealed that nearly 60 percent of those infected  by pnemonia, a virus that infects the upper respiratory tract, are receiving antibiotics inappropriately. And more than 40 percent of children are receiving antibiotics which are unnecessary.

“The reasons for behind this phenomenon  is the lack of health awareness among citizens, cost of living, high medical fees for examinations, and other factors that send the patient looking for treatment in other ways. Additionally, there is a lack of reference for medical and adequate information on the medicine with doctors, since the internal newsletter of the drug is the only source of their information, which is not sufficient. Furthermore, the  misuse  of certain medications without any caveats, stems from no institution in Yemen providing reports on side effects with efficiency.”

Dr. Wedian Gillan, a pharmaceutical who is working in the Pharmacy Drug, outlined a firm approach that occurs throughout the supply chain.

“The first person to be primarily responsible for dispensing is the pharmacist, as some of them depends on the symptoms shown by the patient and dispense medication accordingly, without the necessary need for laboratory tests to determine the quality of the disease. There are also types of antibiotics: the most commonly given medicines in pharmacies without a prescription are drugs like Alamuksilat, Doxacelin ,and Ampicillin, but their use must be in ways that are scientifically sound, with doses to suit the severity of inflammation and type of bacteria that causes it, so as not to result in the misuse of antibiotics that creates bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”
“There are patients using antibiotics on an ongoing basis without undergoing laboratory screening, and when the body responds to this drug as a result of the acquisition of resistant bacteria, the patient is forced to buy stronger antibiotics. This may be expensive, and here begins the patient a series of suffering through physical changes that lead to defects in the performance and functions of the cells and the body in general.”