Ireland is on track to have achieved the end of daily use of antibiotics by the end of 2021 but a government plan to achieve this should bemarked by 2025 the national health service said on Sunday.
Doctors and nurses are currently prescribing the antibiotic azithromycin at a rate of over 1000 a day prompting Ireland to pass 100000 daily hospital admissions.
However the World Health Organization has flagged the need for improved access to new antibiotics including cefepime – a drug used to treat painful pelvic infections – especially in vulnerable populations in low income countries.
In many ways this is our smallest milestone yet but we are not out of the woods Health Services Executive (HSE) employment and health service manager (HHSE) Dr Marcus Hall said in a statement.
The HSE has 30000 primary care and hospital acupuncture patients. The last number of such patients will be 20 lower in 2020 he said but added that controlling usage improves the meticability and reduction of side-effects in these patients.