Antimicrobial resistance is as dangerous as a pandemic, says WHO

Antimicrobial resistance is as dangerous as a pandemic, says WHO = (Video) = Geneva, Nov 20 2020 (.) – The global phenomenon of antimicrobial resistance, as dangerous as a pandemic, threatens to destroy a century of medical progress, alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are resistant to the effects of drugs, including antibiotics, making it difficult to treatment of common infections and increases the risk of disease spread, serious forms of infection and death. On the occasion of World Antimicrobial Week (November 18-24), WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), launched a high-level group on Friday “charged with combating the accelerating crisis of drug resistance.” Its two co-chairs are Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Barbados counterpart Mia Mottley. This group will bring together to heads of state, ministers and leaders of companies and civil society organizations. “Antimicrobial resistance does not seem as urgent as a pandemic, but it is just as dangerous,” said the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a Press conference. Antimicrobial resistance is “one of the greatest health threats of our time” that “could destroy a century of medical progress and leave us defenseless against infections that today can be easily treated,” he warned. Antimicrobials are essential weapons to fight disease in humans, animals and plants. They include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics. Po / rjm / mr / mab / eg