Hospitals in Saudi Arabia mark antibiotics awareness week

Grant Boone
November 17, 2018

Leading medics from across the United Kingdom have written to the Government calling for a ban on giving antibiotics to animals which aren't sick. Many more die from complications from antibiotic-resistant infections. "We need free and quality medicine and healthcare", she said. "If we create a situation where we're using antibiotics when we shouldn't, then we create the selective pressures that increase the chances of the bacteria evolving into resistant organisms". Furthermore, they found that 39% of the health burden is caused by bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, making them nearly impossible to treat.

The EU has already agreed on a ban for giving medications to healthy animals, but it will come into force in 2020 - after Brexit, The Guardian reports.

Led by Dr. Alessandro Cassini, this study measured the DALY health burden of five types of antibiotic-resistant infections caused by eight kinds of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The collaboration announcement coincides with the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week Nov. 12-16, 2018.

'PHE are working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and other health stakeholders to achieve the United Kingdom government ambition to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by 50% by 2020'.

It claimed common infections, such as chlamydia, will become killers without immediate solutions to the growing crisis.

The survey also found that: 37 percent of respondents mistakenly believe that antibiotics can treat viral infections; only 57 percent knew that even a single course of antibiotics taken when not appropriate can contribute to antibiotic resistance; and only 61 percent knew that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread from person to person.

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Figures estimate that superbugs will kill 10 million people each year by 2050, with patients succumbing to once harmless bugs.

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.

And the time from a new drug being discovered to bacteria developing resistance against it is becoming shorter and shorter.

In September, the World Health Organization warned antibiotics are "running out" as a report found a "serious lack" of new drugs in the development pipeline. Antibiotic resistance is threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases and minor injuries, which could result in prolonged illness, disability and even death. If the government allowed group prevention to continue, the United Kingdom will have some of Europe's weakest regulatory standards.

"We are taking too many antibiotics and this is causing the very concerning rise in antibiotic resistance".

They are calling on the government to commit to a complete ban on the preventive use of antibiotics in animal treatment.

To stop the death toll rocketing in the coming decades, the OECD says countries must spend more money trying to tackle the threat of antibiotic resistance.

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