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Qatar University pharmacy students raise awareness of antibiotic resistance


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar University's (QU) Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) hosted an on-campus event in line with the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). 

QU College of Pharmacy, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Alla El Awaisi said:“I was very happy to see our students returning to conducting outreach events face to face taking COVID-19 precautionary measures into consideration. This event gave the students the opportunity to engage, educate and raise awareness to Qatar University community with key issues related to antimicrobial including appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. This was a good learning experience for our pharmacy students with variety of skills gained. These extra-curricular activities are essential in preparing our students to provide optimal pharmaceutical care.”

QPhUS Vice-President, Dana Mustafa, said:“This event was one of a kind. We were in our final week of studying with all the stress of submissions, and preparing and hosting this event was so enjoyable and fun! We were happy and honoured to have faculty members and students from different colleges to know more about antibiotic resistance through our six fruitful stations.”

The campaign consisted of six informative stations. The first station had empty boxes of antibiotics to guide the audience about different available formulations. It also involved distribution of educational leaflets that had information about antibiotic resistance. The second station had information about the results of misusing and overusing antibiotics that was easily visualized for everyone passing by the station. The third station showed examples of conditions that antibiotics do not cure, such as flu and sore throat. 

Meanwhile, the fourth station was the antibiotic suspension constitution that was designed to help the audience constitute the antibiotics correctly. The fifth station was an interactive station where audience members were given sentences to put them either in the Myth or Fact section. 

And the sixth and last station involved visualised take-home messages about the correct use of antibiotics, completing the dose even if the person felt well and safe disposal. Aside from that, it had an information about ways of reducing the risk of infections.

Ghaith Alali, a QPhUS member and one of the organisers, said:“The antibiotic resistance campaign was an event that saw a big turnout from students and faculty members who were impressed by the effort that the QPhUS team and volunteers put into organizing the event in less than 24 hours. Furthermore, the information that the crowd gained about what antibiotics are and how they are used for, was a crucial point that the event focused on.”

This year's theme is Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance. During the week, health-related disciplines raise awareness of the correct use of antibiotics and the safe disposal to prevent antimicrobial resistance that can lead to long hospitalisation, higher medical costs, and increased risk of death. WAAW is celebrated annually from November 18 to 24. 

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