This refers to the Reuters report, “A return to antibiotic research as superbug threat grows” (June 3). Recent reports by the World Health Organization on health emergency say that “50% of the current available antimicrobial drugs cannot be used for any treatment. The reason being microorganisms developing resistance to these drugs. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) within a wide range of infectious agents is a growing public health threat of broad concern to countries and multiple sectors … A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century.” In India, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is creating awareness on the issue. But the government has to initiate the campaign across India. The problem can be overcome by integrating the campaign with the doctor community and pharmaceutical companies.

Pruthviiraj Utarwar, Mohali

Keywords: WHOhealth emergency

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