Status of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in Nigerian tertiary healthcare facilities: Findings and implications.

Affiliation

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria, South Africa; Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK; Health Economics Centre, Liverpool University Management School, Chatham Street, Liverpool, UK. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasing worldwide, with health-related and economic consequences. This is a concern in Africa, including Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, with its high rates of infectious diseases. Approaches to reducing AMR include instigating antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) in hospitals. Currently, no information is available regarding the extent of ASPs in Nigerian hospitals. Consequently, the objective was to address this starting in tertiary hospitals.

Keywords

Antimicrobial resistance,Antimicrobial stewardship programme,Monitoring antibiotic use,Nigeria,Susceptibility testing,Tertiary hospitals,

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