Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Over 50 per cent antibiotics are being prescribed in Bangladesh needlessly that extend time period of treatment and cause dissatisfaction of patients to medicine, a study said

The study also warned that in near future the treatment of viral diseases will be more complicated if the germs are not discovered.

The study findings were disclosed on Tuesday at a scientific conference at the Centre of Excellence of Dhaka University (DU) in the capital.

Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology of DU and School of Pharmacy of the University of Nottingham, England, jointly conducted the study in cooperation with British Council in Bangladesh.

The study included six district hospitals of the country in its survey –Brahmanbaria, Feni, Khulna, Mymensingh, Narail and Sherpur.

Findings shown that doctors in the hospitals mentioned have been prescribing antibiotics for their 90 percent patients in the general medicine, surgery and paediatric units.

Pran Gopal Datta, Vice chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said medical profession has become a profitable business as the number of patients is rapidly increasing and a few skilled physicians are competing with each other.

He termed the findings alarming for the country’s health sector.

BBN/SI/SSR-22Dec10-10:57 am (BST)