Chief hygiene officer warns of reliance on antibiotics
The Czech Republic’s chief hygiene officer has warned that Czechs are too reliant on antibiotics. Use of antibiotics has risen by a quarter since 1989 although resistance of diseases is increasing as is the bill for health insurers. He pointed out that the Czech Republic is above the European average for antibiotics use. It is estimated that around 25,000 Europeans die every year because antibiotics are no longer effective against the diseases they are prescribed for.