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Nominations sought for health awards

In the lead up to Public Health Week, the Ministry of Health is looking for nominations for the 2011 Public Health Awards.

The awards, to be handed out in a ceremony on April 6, will honour the physicians and pharmacists that help improve Bermuda's health.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said the theme for this year's Health Week will be preventing antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria become resilient to antibiotics.

Drug resistant bacteria strains can be produced by the over prescription of antibiotics, stopping and starting medication or giving leftover medication to others who appear to suffer the same symptoms.

“Physicians and pharmacists play a vital role in protecting the public's health through promoting appropriate antibiotic use,” the spokeswoman said.

“Antibiotic resistance is combated when physicians prescribe antibiotics only when needed and pharmacists recommend over-the-counter medication for relief from cold and flu symptoms.

“This is why the Department wishes to recognise physicians and pharmacists; contributions to public health in Bermuda.”

lTo find out who is eligible or to submit a nomination, call Pauleter Stevens on 278-6504 or e-mail healthpromotion[AT] All nominations must be received by March 31.

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Published March 14, 2011 at 10:02 am (Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:01 am)

Nominations sought for health awards

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