19 April 2016
Scientists have declared that many of the common infections would soon develop more resistant strains and will become untreatable with antibiotics.
These common infections include gonorrhoea, malaria, tuberculosis, Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus, Influenza A virus and Staphylococcus aureus. Unless new drugs are also evolved to combat them, the resistant strain will kill an estimated number of 10 million people a year by 2050, which is a higher that Cancer’s mortality rate.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that antimicrobial resistance capabilities developed by this strain will threaten the effective prevention and treatment of a range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. These infections pose a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society.
The organization added that patients with infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria are generally at an increased risk of worse clinical outcomes and death, and consume more health-care resources than patients infected with the same bacteria that are not resistant.
The WHO, however, said people can help tackle resistance by preventive measures such as hand washing, and avoiding close contact with sick people to prevent transmission of bacterial and viral infections such as influenza or rotavirus, and using condoms to prevent the transmission of sexually-transmitted infections.
Also, Nigeria on Sunday joined 154 other countries to mark the beginning of the largest and fastest globally coordinated rollout of a vaccine into routine immunisation programme in history.