Expert warns against excessive self-medication
Expert warns against excessive self-medication

Medical Parasitologist, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, has advised people to stop treating malaria and other ailments without carrying out the right examination.

The medical consultant from the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, gave the warning on Wednesday in Lagos.

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Oyibo said that malaria has become antibiotic resistance because people take medicine without seeing good result.

According to him, different organisms, whether as bacteria or parasite, can trigger drug resistance when one indulges in self-medication.

“So for a condition to be properly managed there is need to do the right testing. If you treat what you don’t have, you cannot get the result of what you are testing, so in that paradigm, there should be the right and appropriate testing as well as access to testing,” Oyibo told NAN.

“There is a test we call MPS, which is Microscopy, Culture and Sensitivity. After carrying out the right culture, sensitivity testing for bacteria, there is an exposure to a range of antibiotics that will now be recommended to see those that are susceptible.

“It is on this basis that you can then say you want to change your antibiotics and use a couple of antibiotics. When you take the wrong antibiotics not appropriate, it will trigger the bacteria that are exposed to antibiotics to a different form.

“As they have been exposed to those drugs, the bacteria or parasite can be destroyed. With that, you begin to form a huge population of organisms that are now resistance to some of those antibiotics.

“When these organisms that are resistance in person A, now gets to person B, C and D, that medicine that even worked primarily will not work again.“

The parasitologist also urged people not to take medicines and stop midway just when they felt they had comfort already.