Govt endorses WHO's global action plan for Antimicrobial Resistance

Connie Colbert

Connie Colbert

Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics) from working against it, thereby leading to spread of infection.

Millions of people will die of antibiotic-resistant infections in the next three decades, a report has warned.

World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which takes place November 12 to 18 and is managed by the World Health Organisation, aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and prevent it spreading further.

According to him, abuse of antibiotics makes health care services more expensive in the long run because it leads to high resistance. "Exercising stewardship about antibiotics will help ensure that these lifesaving drugs will be available for future generations".

"What is frustrating, of course, is that our overuse of antibiotics when we don't need them contributes to this selection", he said from Hamilton. Approximately 70 percent of the medically important antibiotics sold in the US are intended for use in livestock and poultry.

Many countries like those in the European Union have already set up the necessary regulatory frameworks to address antibiotic misuse in animals.

The doctors also warned against taking antibiotics prescribed for a different infection or sharing a prescription antibiotic (called prescription sharing) to a person who has not yet consulted a medical professional.

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While the antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally over time and through genetic changes, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is accelerating this process, according to a press release from the health ministry.

A majority of Americans believe the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance is real and pressing, a new survey shows.

Drug manufacturers aren't prepared to commit the average $1-billion outlay to develop an antibiotic that can cure an infection in five to 10 days, when they can put their resources into medications for conditions like high cholesterol or blood pressure, which typically are taken for life.

A growing list of infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea are becoming harder and sometimes impossible to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

"But we have people in our hospitals that we haven't been able to treat".

"The data that we have on the scope and breadth of the antibiotic resistance in Canada is not as comprehensive as it should be", Kim said.

This is a good question, and since this is World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the topic is pertinent.

A two-year study sponsored by the United Kingdom government and the Wellcome Trust, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, which was published in 2016, estimated that at least 700 000 deaths annually are attributable to drug resistant microorganisms.

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