USciences Professor Tapped by Sultanate of Oman to Explore Bacterial Resistance

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on May 6, 2019

Islam GhaziAntibiotic-resistant bacteria is a global challenge facing the healthcare industry and at risk are patients outcomes and the increasing cost of care. On the front line of the fight against resistant infections in the Sultanate of Oman is Islam Ghazi PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Ghazi was selected to help the Sultanate of Oman for this international stewardship project with the country’s ministry of health.

Dr. Ghazi has just completed the first phase of his project in Northern Oman, evaluating the prevalence of resistance, observing prescription habits and crafting a series of recommendations on approaches to combat bacterial resistance and protocols that should be followed.  

“The first phase is just to understand the landscape of bacterial resistance,” he said. He and a team identified microbiological data that were collected at Suhar Hospital between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017.

“I expected it to be a virgin country with not much exposure to antibiotics or resistant bacteria, but to my surprise, the situation is similar to that of U.S.,” he said.

After observation and surveillance of how antibiotics are being used in the country, Dr. Ghazi and the collaborating team developed a cumulative antibiogram that will be distributed to doctors and pharmacists throughout the country.

“In the U.S., practice is well controlled, but there, there is much more latitude given to prescribers,” Dr. Ghazi said.

Dr. Ghazi recently co-authored an article about the findings in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

While his work for the first phase was done remotely, Dr. Ghazi said he looks forward to working in Oman during the next phase of the project.

“It is clear to us that your research efforts and expertise have been reflected in the workforce and we hope that your collaboration will continue in the future to achieve more and more results from this project in order to provide the best pharmaceutical care to the Omani people,” wrote Ph. Nussaiba Habib Mohid, director of general medical supplies for the Omani Ministry of Health, in a letter of appreciation to Dr. Ghazi.

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