Antibiotic resistance claims over 50,000 young lives in India 

Monday, November 19, 2018
antibiotic resistance claims over 50,000 young lives in india 

 Antibiotic-resistant infections are rising in India. The stubborn infections kill over 58,000 children every year. 

Experts believe that untreated urban and industrial waste is one of the important factors leading to the grave problem of antibiotic resistance. Another major cause is the injudicious use of antibiotics by people and doctors.

According to Centre for Disease Dynamics Economics and Policy (CDDEP), every year globally, almost 700,000 lives are lost. More than 58,000 children die every year in India alone. CDDEP also states that the use of antibiotics in humans has increased by 65 percent in fifteen years (from 2000-2015) globally and in low-and-middle-income countries, the consumption has gone up by 114 per cent.

In India,  too, the increase has been significant --103 percent. Antibiotic resistance is a concern across the world as there is a severe shortage of effective antibiotics against many deadly bacteria. The CDDEP research showed that resistance to the broad-spectrum antibiotics is detected in more than 70 percent of pneumonia and sepsis-causing organisms.

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