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Patients and Physicians urged to use antibiotics sparingly

Cayman’s top health officials said on Thursday (15 November), it is not just patients who need to take heed of the issues surrounding resistance to antibiotics.

During World Antibiotics Week, Cayman’s Acting Chief Medical Officer said physicians, too, must take care with their prescriptions:

“For the public, surprisingly, there was a high awareness of what antibiotic resistance is and what is linked to antibiotic resistance: mainly the misuse – I don’t like to use the word abuse – the misuse of antibiotics both by the public and also by the prescribers because, a lot of time, as physicians, we get pressure from the patient,” explained Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.

Chief pharmacist Colin Medford explained what the consequences could be:

“The patient needs to know if you take antibiotics for the common cold then the next time you need antibiotics, they very may well not work or you may very well need to step up to a much stronger, more potent antibiotic, which may very well carry greater side effects,” he said.

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Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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