Dr. Joel Buzira a microbiologist at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) says they conducted a study at Mbarara hospital among pregnant women where they found women suffering from vaginal candidiasis were no longer responding to itraconazole and fluconazole.
warned of an increase in resistance to common antifungal drugs used for the treatment
of infections like candidiasis.
Dr. Joel Buzira a microbiologist at Mbarara University of Science and
Technology (MUST) says they conducted a study at Mbarara hospital among
pregnant women where they found women suffering from vaginal candidiasis were
no longer responding to itraconazole and fluconazole.
For a long time, itraconazole for instance has been one of the best choices for
clinicians but it’s no longer effective, which has been attributed to its misuse.
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this, experts who were attending a meeting on how to tackle Antimicrobial
Resistance (AMR) in Uganda on Friday called for the intervention of social
scientists to establish what exactly informs drug choices and what patients go
through before seeking particular medications.
pointed out that it’s a personal responsibility for one to ensure that they
don’t take medicines unnecessarily. He says other than being a medical problem,
resistance to drugs is a behavioral problem which is a reason why there are
reports of people giving human drugs to fatten animals and poultry in addition
to taking half doses.
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Muhammad Lamorde who heads the Global Health Security Programme at the
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) said everyone can be a champion in
preserving the cheap and accessible medicines that have not yet been affected
by resistance if they stop self-prescription and take medicine only when it’s
The challenge he notes, tests for drug resistance before dispensing particular
drugs are only available at the level of regional referral hospitals, and yet
by the time many people get there, they have already been exposed to
This challenge Bazira says is only worsened by the fact that even when tests
are done before despising medicines, they have established in their
surveillance efforts that clinicians don’t look at the results when giving
drugs but rather what is available in stock especially at government
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However, it should be noted that resistance is not just a problem experienced
in humans as Dr. Ceaser Adibaku, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture
who attended the meeting says the situation is worse on the veterinary side
since no form of surveillance is happening.
He said farmers have free access and unrestricted use of drugs including using
human medicine in animals. Adibaku says
that they have started to monitor poultry.