Are you one of those people who insists on getting an antibiotic prescription at the hint of a sniffle?
Well, then you are part of the problem says Proactive Health Solutions CEO, Dr Fundile Nyathi.
In May 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) tabled a resolution at the World Health Assembly that antibiotics resistance is an international emergency that needs to be prioritised by member nations.
Since then, World Antibiotics Awareness Week has been marked during November every year.
Dr Nyathi says certain patients demand antibiotics and there are doctors who just give in against their better judgement.
A lot of patients out there believe that when they have a common cold or flu or any minor infection, within their prescription there must be an antibiotic and if you don't give it, as a doctor they think you are clueless.— Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions
The doctors who are supposed to know better in terms of using these drugs only when it is absolutely necessary do prescribe them for many reasons - some commercial, some because they just cannot say no to their patients.— Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions
He emphasises that flu and the common cold are caused by viruses and antibiotics are only effective for bacteria.
Listen below for an explanation of how antibiotics resistance has come about: