Minister of Health Dr. Ahmet Demircan shared the details of Rational Antibiotics Use campaign organized to fight irrational antibiotics use in a meeting held with members of the press in the new premises of the Ministry of Health.
Mr. Demircan saying that antibiotics have contributed greatly to improving quality of human life and prolonging the lifespan of humans stated the following: "For about 60 years now we have benefitted from antibiotics. However, we have seen that when antibiotics are used without a physician’s guidance, the bacteria found in our body become resistant to antibiotics. Today all over the world antibiotics pose a global threat as a result of them being misused. In the USA 23 thousand people and in the EU 25 thousand patients lose their lives annually due to resistant bacterias. This figure has reached 700 thousand throughout the world. At this rate in 2050 10 million people will lose their lives annually.”
Minister Demircan saying that Turkey ranks first in antibiotics use among 42 countries underlined the fact that positive results have been achieved from awareness-raising activities. Minister of Health Ahmet Demircan saying that in 2011 antibiotics made up 13% of drugs sale and that this rate dropped to 10% in 2016 stated the following: “Of course we are not against the use of antibiotics, they are effective weapons that need to be used when necessary. We are against misuse of antibiotics. We entitled this campaign “Be insistent on your health not on antibiotics.” Public service ads will be prepared and broadcast within the scope of the campaign. When a call is made to institutions and organizations of our Ministry, tape recordings made beforehand will play.”