Uganda is facing a serious problem of antimicrobial resistance, where bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, making infections harder to treat. Experts warn that if actions aren’t taken to reverse this trend, the cost of treating infectious diseases will become overwhelming. This is especially concerning as Uganda already struggles with a significant burden of infectious diseases.
Unlike many other countries, Uganda lacks a comprehensive national surveillance system to monitor antibiotic resistance. However, existing research indicates that major pathogens are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. Dr. Deogratius Munube from Mulago National Referral Hospital highlights that the misuse and overuse of antibiotics have contributed to this problem. Antibiotic resistance is a global issue, and addressing it is crucial for maintaining effective treatments for infections.