oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Sensitivity to antibiotics of bacteria isolated in the Public Health Laboratory, Harare

Volume 31, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The development of resistance to antibiotics is so prevalent that it is prudent continuously to monitor the pattern of sensitivity in organisms likely to become involved. This statement by Cruickshank and Brandl was published over a decade ago in this journal, yet this warning has, apparently, gone unheeded in Zimbabwe. The possibility of a rapid spread of resistant organisms in the community has been highlighted recently by the appearance of penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae (PPNG) in Harare, a phenomenom which has led to problems with effective treatment. The widespread usage of antibiotics in primary health care facilities without reference to laboratory evidence of its need is a cause for real concern, and may be an important factor in the development and spread of resistant strains of potential pathogens. We here present the data on the prevalence of antibiotic resistance amongst organisms isolated over a three-month period in the Public Health Laboratory (PHL) at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

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