Antibiotic Resistance in Malaysia, and its Public Health Implications

  • A.M. Meer Ahmad Department of Community Medicine, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, 42610 Jenjarom, Selangor, Malaysia.


The World Health Organization (WHO) notes high-rates of resistance among bacteria associated with common illness in all the WHO-regions - both hospital-acquired and community-acquired (WHO 2014). An estimated 2 million cases of antibiotic-resistance are reported in the US annually, causing 23,000 deaths. With reference to such, the US CDC states that about 30% of the total-annual 150 million prescriptions for antibiotics is not justified. There is a need for greater prudence in the use involving joint-efforts in surveillance, public health awareness additionally, and in formulating clear policies on procurement and prudent use.

Keywords: Antibiotic Resistance, Public Health, prescriptions


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A.M. Meer Ahmad, Department of Community Medicine, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, 42610 Jenjarom, Selangor, Malaysia.

Department of Community Medicine, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, 42610 Jenjarom, Selangor, Malaysia.


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Meer Ahmad A. Antibiotic Resistance in Malaysia, and its Public Health Implications. JDDT [Internet]. 15Mar.2019 [cited 10Aug.2022];9(2):534-41. Available from: