It seems India is finally taking note of the dangers caused due to uncontrolled antibiotics.
The largest voluntary association of medical doctors in India, Indian Medical Association or IMA has planned a nation-wide campaign to create awareness on overuse of antibiotics. The campaign begins on Sunday.
The IMA will also suggest the medical practitioners to avoid prescribing antibiotics for common fever and cold caused due to viral infections.
Narender Saini, the secretary general of IMA said, “In the past two decades, almost no new antibiotic has been discovered while bacteria have learnt to overcome the existing ones. If we don’t conserve our antibiotics, a day will come when simple infections will become life threatening”.
Around 250,000 doctors from across the country will participate in the series of programs including public lectures and ‘training the trainers’.
Dr. Sumit Ray, vice-chairman, critical care medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, “Disease causing microorganisms have evolved at a higher speed than drug development. If we don’t check overuse of existing antibiotics, we will hit a dead-end soon”.