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World Antibiotics Day Competition: Student winners announced

Anthony Cheltenham Jr. (pictured in centre) of the Elmore Stoutt High School won best entry for secondary division for the World Antibiotics Day Video Competition. Photo: GIS
Simone Phillip of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College won best video entry for tertiary education for the World Antibiotics Day Video Competition. Photo: GIS
Simone Phillip of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College won best video entry for tertiary education for the World Antibiotics Day Video Competition. Photo: GIS
Dickson J. Cooper of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School won a new laptop for the best primary division entry in the World Antibiotics Day Essay Competition. Photo: GIS
Dickson J. Cooper of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School won a new laptop for the best primary division entry in the World Antibiotics Day Essay Competition. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Three student winners have been announced for the essay and video competitions hosted in observance of World Antibiotics Day in the Virgin Islands (VI).

According to a Government Information Service (GIS), press release, dated yesterday, November 21, 2018, the winners are Dickson J. Cooper of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Anthony Cheltenham Jr. of the Elmore Stoutt High School and Simone Phillip, of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, Ms Gracia Wheatley-Smith, congratulated each student for participating in the competitions, according to the release.

She disclosed that the entries were evaluated by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Pharmaceutical Procurement Services (PPS) and will be used for awareness efforts in the region.

The students were awarded prizes such as a new Hewlett Packard laptop, a Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone 8 Plus.

Ms Wheatley-Smith, also noted that the competition and prizes, were sponsored BVI Communications, the Ministry of Health and Social Development and OECS PPS.

The competitions were held to raise awareness about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) which is the ability of a microorganisam like bacteria, viruses and some parasites to stop an anti-microbial such as an antibiotic or antiviral from working against it.

World Antibiotics Day was held on November 12, 2018.

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