Date of release: 22 February 2017
Budding artists from Wolverhampton primary schools are celebrating after they had their work showcased in the city’s art gallery after winning a competition.
The five youngsters entered a poster competition organised by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton City Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Group to raise awareness about the use of antibiotics and the spread of germs.
The children were invited to Wolverhampton Art Gallery to view their posters which were hung outside the learning zone of Wolverhampton’s gallery. The posters will be hanging in the gallery for 6 weeks, when they will then be moved to Bilston Craft Gallery.
Hillary Williams, Practice Education facilitator at The GEM Centre was part of the team who judged the posters. She said: “The quality of the entries was so high it was difficult to choose the winners. All of the posters were fantastic but we thought that these five carried the best health messages."
The competition is part of a city-wide campaign that aims to ensure people across the area become aware of the dangers of misuse of antibiotics, which could if left unchecked lead to a shortage of the life-saving drug.
One of the ways in which people can show they are supporting their campaign is by becoming an Antibiotic Guardian, and pledging to raise awareness of the fight.
Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health, Wolverhampton City Council, attended the gallery and thanked the children for all of their work in raising awareness for the Antibiotic Guardian Campaign. She said: “Thank you for helping us to teach children and the adults of Wolverhampton how precious our antibiotics are and that we don’t want them wasted or spoilt. Your beautiful pictures are helping us spread that message, well done to all involved, the work is fantastic.
“I love the fact that these children have taken this message and explained it so beautifully, and that it is coming from the children themselves.”
The winners, who ranged from ages eight to ten, had all learnt about the subjects through taking part in this competition.
Alisha Summan, aged 8 from Bilston Church of England Primary School, said: “From taking part in this competition I have learnt to always wash my hands before and after dinner and ensure that I wash my hands if I’ve been near someone who is sick.”
Mia Davis, aged 10 from St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, said: “I used to take antibiotics when the doctors gave them to me and I am happy now that I know when I should take them and when I shouldn’t.”
Cllr Paul Sweet attended to show his appreciation for winners’ art work. He said: “It is so important to get children engaged at an early age, children can provide the learning to families and fellow students so it is great that this message is being spread throughout all networks.”
Riva Eardley, organiser of the competition from the Primary Care Medicines Team at RWT, added: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate with all five of our poster competition winners, at the launch event at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. I would like to thank Rajind, Alisha, Mia, Tyreis and Joyce for producing superb posters and spreading the word about antibiotics resistance. I would also like to express my thanks to my colleagues in the Trust and Council as well the teachers, Art Gallery staff, parents and, of course, our brilliant school nurses who helped to make this initiative a success.”
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today, it is a threat to the public and if it isn’t highlighted then there could be fatal effects from becoming resistant to these drugs.
If you would like learn more about the campaign or become an antibiotic guardian please visit www.antibioticguardian.com
For more information contact Richard Radcliffe on 01902695900
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Picture: From left to right – Ros Jervis , Alisha Summan (8), Joyce Baya (8), Mia Davis (10), Tyreis Baker (8), Rajind Bajwa (8) and Cllr Paul Sweet