The Pharmacists form an important link in the supply of antibiotics to the customers/patients and they need to be involved in any campaign on rational use of antibiotics. Several Pharmacists were contacted. The photo shows the campaigners explaining to the staff of VASAN Medicals -with the help of brochures specially made for pharmacists-, how the pharmacists can help in the rational use of antibiotics.
The legal fraternity is an influencial component of any community. The practicing lawyers (photo on the left) and also the sub-judge Mr. M. Gomathi Nayagam, Secretary, District Legal service Authority,Tiruchirappalli (seen in the photo on the right) were also contacted in the campaign and made aware of the spreading antibiotic resistance problem.
The campaign also had in its programme the distribution of the brochures to the public at large and also explaining to them the importance of rational use of antibiotics. In this effort, IIMAR was joined by The District Zonal Planning Officer, who personally came along with the campaigners to distribute the brochures. The brochures for the common man were made in the local language `Tamil`. The local populace showed a keen interest in understanding the problem.
Mr N. Ramesh-Ph.D scholar at BDU, Trichy and IIMAR`s star campaigner at Trichy joins me to report further----
And finally, we distributed the brochures to common people on Uraiyur four road, GH road, Thillai Nager, Collector off road, in and around Trichy bus stand and in and around university campus. Everybody`s response was very good; especially our university staff -they voluntarily took extra copies from us to distribute in their local area. Now, daily at least one or two of them tell me that `the brochures have given very good information which we did not know till now and now we realise what are all the problems that will come if we do not use antibiotics properly. "
IIMAR expresses its sincere thanks to the members of the local advisory committee- Dr.V.Rajesh Kannan and Dr.N.Thajuddin of the Dept of Microbiology, Bharathidasan University who supported whole heartedly this awareness programme and saw to it that it became a great success. IIMAR also expresses thanks to the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the BharatiDasan University for giving permission to conduct this programme under its auspices and also staff, scholars, and students of the university who cooperated in this effort. Last but not the least we wholeheartedly thank the local press for their cooperation and particularly the `Malaimalar` daily news paper for publishing reports of the event. And Off course thanks to all our well wishers and many annonymous supporters.