Antimicrobial resistance – One of the top threats to global health: W.H.O.
The development of resistance by microorganisms, to those antibiotics, against which previously they were effective is called antimicrobial resistance (A.M.R.).
Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as one of the top ten threats to the world. It has been warned if appropriate measures are not taken to prevent overuse of antibiotics it will be difficult to treat even treatable infections like Tuberculosis(T.B.) Pneumonia etc.
Due to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics. Drugs are entering our food chain and water bodies, which is further aggravating the situation.
In India, antimicrobial resistance is a major point of concern. India needs to curb the overuse of antibiotics because:-
- Bacterial disease burden worldwide is highest in India.
- A large portion of the population is suffering from diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc. These diseases make persons prone to infections.
- About 40%of children are malnourished and have greater risks of infection.
To control antimicrobial resistance, one must stop the self-use of antibiotics.
Antibiotics must be used under consultation with medical practitioners only.
Recommended therapy regimen, as suggested by medical practitioner must be followed.
Wishing all to be in a healthy state.
(For public awareness only).