No! Do not ‘just go to the doctor and get an antibiotic’

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No! Do not ‘just go to the doctor and get an antibiotic’

Patients are among the culprits driving antibiotic oversubscription in SA, a new study has found

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A new study by a medical anthropologist at Johannesburg’s Wits University into the overuse of antibiotics shows public-sector doctors are so overwhelmed that their average consultation lasts five minutes.

This is cited as one of the reasons SA doctors unnecessarily prescribe antibiotics for minor infections such as colds and flu, worsening resistance to the drugs.

Other reasons are to keep patients happy and treat people who do not have enough money to visit a doctor regularly...

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