Antibiotic abuse could claim more than 10 million lives by 2050: speakers

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TIMERGARA: Speakers at a day-long workshop here on Saturday expressed concern that more than 10 million people could lose their lives by 2050 if antibiotic misuse goes unchecked.

At the end held at the Timergara district headquarters hospital, the speakers observed that globally, a total of 6.5 million people have lost their lives due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, but the number of deaths could increase further if antibiotics are used inappropriately. not controlled.

They said the additional, inappropriate and overuse of antibiotics undermines the usefulness of essential medicines. The speakers were of the opinion that the misuse of antibiotics was the main cause of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria in humans and animals.

The Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of DHQ Hospital organized the workshop on “The Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms”, which was attended by doctors, paramedics and a large number of healthcare professionals.

Eminent persons who spoke on the occasion included Senior Physician Dr Shoaib Ahmad, Orthopedic Surgeon of DHQ Timergara Hospital Dr Waqar Alam, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal from Swat, Prof Dr Syed Khalid Mehmood from Agha Khan University, Karachi, Prof. Dr. Faez Ali Shah from LRH Peshawar, Assistant Prof. Dr. Yasir Iqbal from Swat, Dr. Amir Khan from Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Peshawar, Dr. Zafar Ayaz, Dr. Rafiq Shah and pharmacist Dr Yousaf Khan.

They said that each time a person takes antibiotics, susceptible bacteria can be killed, but resistant bacteria can grow and multiply, adding that unnecessary antibiotics must be urgently reduced because the use of antibiotics was alarming in humans and animals in Pakistan.

About 70-90% of patients with viral upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) were unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics which were mostly self-limiting and resistant infections due to these “superbugs” caused thousands of deaths and deaths. hospitalizations each year.

Speakers suggested that the government must take practical steps to reduce the misuse of antibiotics and implement existing laws in this regard.

It was still not too late to reduce the impact of AMR and we want to emphasize that all healthcare professionals and the public have a role to play in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics, they said, adding that by reducing the spread of infections and changing the way we produce, prescribe and use these drugs, the impact and limitation of the spread of antibiotic resistance could be reduced.

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