Hospital da Luz Joins the European Antibiotic Awareness Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The units of Hospital da Luz network join the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, on November 15, and the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 13-19), with several informative initiatives directed to health professionals and the general public.

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day – celebrated for the 10th time this year – is an initiative of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC), the European Union agency for health.

The official ceremonies will take place in Brussels, on November 15. The World Antibiotic Awareness Week is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), including the European Day.

Both dates have the purpose to raise awareness of the population for the correct use of antibiotics – which is the responsibility of all, citizens and health professionals involved in the prescription and distribution, on animal or human subjects –, thus contributing for the reduction of bacteria resistance to these drugs.  If nothing is done, by 2050, 10 million people are estimated to die all over the world from infection caused by resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are drugs destined for the treatment of infection caused by bacteria, not acting on infection caused by virus (such as flu or cold).