WHO has warned yet again that misuse/overuse/underuse of antibiotics is threatening the health of of people all over the world. More resistant strains have emerged and the specter of a world without antibiotics looms large.
The message on this World Health Day is loud and clear. The world is on the brink of losing these miracle cures.
The implications are equally clear. In the absence of urgent corrective and protective actions, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, kill unabated.
We have assumed that miracle cures will last forever, with older drugs eventually failing only to be replaced by newer, better and more powerful ones. This is not at all the trend we are seeing
What you can do from Bacteria on brink of victory
- If you are prescribed antibiotics, complete the entire course, even if you're feeling better.
- If you have a viral infection, don't push your doctor for, or accept, antibiotics – they will have no effect.
- Practise good hygiene – including thorough hand-washing – to prevent the natural spread of bacteria.
- Avoid hospitals, rest homes, schools and other places if you are unwell.
- Encourage food producers to limit their use of antibiotics by buying organic food, especially meat.