Health: World Antibiotic Awareness Week to spread global awareness about antibiotic resistance

Every year between 18 -24 November World Health Organisation (WHO) observes ‘World Antibiotic Awareness Week’ to spread global awareness about antibiotic resistance and to push for best practices. This year’s focus is to prevent infections by simple methods such as hand-washing, vaccination and safe sex. During the 1950s and 1960s antibiotics could easily cure infectious diseases but persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health has led to the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance will kill an estimated 10 million people every year by 2050, a manifold spike from 0.7 million in 2016. India is the biggest consumer of antibiotics and its environment is heavily contaminated with residues. However, India developed its National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in 2017 but only Kerala and Madhya Pradesh have come up with state action plans. The health ministry have identified AMR among 10 top priorities on which to collaborate with the World Health Organization

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