Governor, Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor, Jon Husted, declare November 18-24, 2021 as Antibiotic Awareness Week throughout the State of Ohio and urge all healthcare and public health workers to observe this week with activities that raise awareness about appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
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In the Name and by the Authority of THE STATE OF OHIO
WHEREAS, the State of Ohio seeks to advance the health and well-being of all Ohioans by transforming the state's public health system through unique partnerships and funding streams; address the community conditions and inequities that lead to disparities in health outcomes; and implement data-driven, evidence-based solutions; and
WHEREAS, the discovery and subsequent use of antibiotics revolutionized medical care and public health by significantly reducing illness and death from infectious diseases; and
WHEREAS, antibiotic resistance has become one of the key threats to health in the United States, threatening the ability of healthcare providers to fight infectious diseases; and
WHEREAS, more than 2.8 million people become ill each year with antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 35,000 die as a result; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 99,120 Ohioans or more become ill each year with antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 1,239 Ohioans die as a result; and
WHEREAS, appropriate use of antibiotics is the primary solution to address the threat of antibiotic resistance; and
WHEREAS, education about appropriate antibiotic use and changed attitudes and behaviors of healthcare workers and the general public alike will contribute to appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use;
NOW, THEREFORE, We Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby recognize November 18-24, 2021 as
ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK
on this 18th day of November 2021.
Mike DeWine, Governor
Jon Husted, Lieutenant Governor