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QU College of Pharmacy Students Hold Antibiotic Awareness Campaign | Qatar University

QU College of Pharmacy Students Hold Antibiotic Awareness Campaign

2019-12-04
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Students and faculty from QU College of Pharmacy (CPH) held a campaign at Landmark Mall during the global antibiotic awareness week under the title “Antibiotic Resistance: Be Part of the solution. Speak to your Pharmacist”.

The campaign aimed to educate the public on the safe use of antibiotics and the causes of antibiotic resistance. The focus was to engage in honest conversations with members of the public and tackle any misconceptions they have about antibiotics.

The campaign booth consisted of four different stations, some were interactive and others informative. One of the attractive stations was the spin-the-wheel quiz in which the students would go over key points about antibiotic resistance and how as a community we can fight it. After completing the station, the students offered the visitors “antibiotic guardian” badges certifying that they are actively participating in decreasing antibiotic resistance. The campaign was organized by Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) executives, working under the supervision of CPH faculty members.

Dr. Maguy El Hajj CPH Head of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice department and Clinical Associate Professor commented, “Antibiotic resistance is one of the major threats for public's health around the globe. This week is World Antibiotic Awareness week. Pharmacists have a great role in combating this threat. They have all the knowledge and resources to prevent resistance to antibiotics. It was really a great opportunity for us as faculty and for our pharmacy students to educate the public in Qatar about the appropriate use of antibiotics.”

CPH Assistant Professor Dr. Zachariah Nazar said, “This is a very enriching experience for the students, and one in which the public also benefit tremendously. I’ve seen the students use their scientific knowledge of a highly significant and contemporary issue that is antimicrobial resistance, to educate and inform the public in a way that is appropriate and relevant to them. The public have been very receptive and hugely impressed with the information they’ve received and how the students were able to respond to their questions.”

QPhUS President and third-year pharmacy student Hend Al-Naimi said: "I believe that the antibiotic outreach was one of the successful outreach events we held. The biggest highlight is that we had the chance to interact and educate visitors of different ages. I am really grateful for such an opportunity which allowed us as students to express and share what we learned in classes to the real world.”

Bassant Amr , fourth year pharmacy student and QPhUS public relation officer said: “My favorite station was the children’s station because these children are the future, the ones who might suffer the most if we don't contain the problem of resistance. Letting them be part of the solution is essential- even if it was with the simple gesture of hand hygiene or understanding the concept of virus versus bacteria. A bonus point of this station also was that it gave us a chance to discuss with the mothers, who are one of the most prone to the misuse of antibiotics.”