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  • Writer's pictureAnustup Kundu

The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance is Made More Widely Known by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine

News Desk, News Nation 360 : To educate and increase public awareness of "anti-microbial resistance" and the associated public health issues, the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) collaborated with some of the country's top physicians to host a conference where they would share their perspectives on the state of medicine in India. Prominent physicians such as Dr S. K. Todi, Dr Prakash Shastri, Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, Dr Sanjith Saseedharan, Dr Dhruva Chaudhry, and Dr Ajoy Sarkar spoke out against the widespread misconception that antibiotics are a one-size-fits-all treatment that has killed almost three lac people in India in 2019 alone. Antimicrobial resistance happens when bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms learn to withstand the medications meant to eradicate them, which leads to the growth of the microorganisms. Treatment for resistant infections can be challenging and perhaps unattainable. The improper use of antibiotics and occasionally insufficient diagnosis are two of the main causes of this. Healthcare professionals must prescribe antibiotics correctly and avoid becoming overburdened by patients' demands. Furthermore, it is critical to recognise the growing necessity of preventing hospital-acquired infections that result in these kinds of illnesses. The implementation of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in the healthcare sector may be able to curb the occurrence of this issue, as it facilitates the optimal utilisation of the medical infrastructure. Educating the public about the proper and improper use of antibiotics can be the first step towards implementing long-lasting behavioural change. S K Todi, Co-chairperson, of the Scientific Committee, Criticare, stated that due to the rising antibiotic resistance, India has been on the front lines. They are seeing patients with drug-resistant infections who are coming from various communities. A few medications, such as ampicillin, that were once effective are no longer effective. Thus, the fact that people are dying as a result of using antibiotics incorrectly raises serious concerns. Furthermore, India is currently thought to be the disease's epicentre. They have gathered here to inform the audience that half of infections are viral and do not necessitate antibiotics. Although there isn't a strict law in their nation that prevents people from getting antibiotics without a prescription, the government is still taking strong action in this area.


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