Antibiotic Resistance: A Threat to Global Health

Title: A Cross-sectional Study on Knowledge, Attitude, Awareness, and Practice of Antibiotic Use and Antibiotic Resistance Among Students at University of Cyberjaya

Student: Afroza Sultana, Master of Medical Science

Supervisor: Dr. Mohamad Jahidul Islam, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shamima Abdul Rahman

Since its discovery, antibiotics have helped treat or prevent bacterial infections. Some of the most common antibiotic treated infections include acute cough, rhinosinusitis, otitis media, sore throat, and non-specific infections.

It is a widely used and widely purchased medicine. Even late in the pandemic, prophylactic antibiotic were widely used to prevent hospital-acquired infections during COVID-19 treatment. However, due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, many suffer from antibiotic resistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a greater impact on the matter as antibiotics used to treat bacterial co-infections resulted in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance, caused by resistant bacteria, make it difficult to ensure the safety of patients during emergency medical procedures, surgery and organ transplants.