United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that antimicrobial resistance is a major threat to global health and security. This was highlighted at a meeting of the General Assembly where they talk about for resistance to bacteria drugs.
This is the fourth time that the General Assembly held a high level meeting on issues related to health. According to Ban Ki-moon, the important thing is to address the problem in a quick and comprehensive way, since antimicrobial resistance will cause difficulties in the health system and undermine sustainable manifacturing- food. Of course the risk is exposed and sustainable development.
Before be convened this meeting, world leaders signed a declaration on combating the spread of antibiotic resistance .
The declaration is similar to that of a worldwide fight against global warming , it contains guidelines for a global response to the problem. Over the next two years, UN agencies will provide information and innovations for solving this problem in the General Assembly.
It is recognized that more than 700 thousand people die each year because of resistance to antibiotic therapy, and the number may in the future be even greater but there is also a global system that monotoring deaths. According to research by Reuters however, problems arise in locating deaths in places where there is monitoring, such as in the US, where thousands of deaths not caused by bacteria immune to antibiotics.
Scientists know more than half a century that patients can develop resistance to drugs. But scientific innovation and increased diligence showed that the threat is really serious.
The World Health Organization, Margaret Chan stressed that vital for consumers and medical providers not to rely much on antibiotics when treating infections. According to her, currently only possible common infection like gonorrhea, to be untreatable. It also calls for greater innovation in the development of antibiotics, noting that only two new classes of antibiotics were released in the last half of this century.
It warns of “gram-negative” bacteria that cause infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, etc., who are most resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Signatories of the declaration of the UN have pledged to encourage innovation in this area and constantly work to increase public awareness of the threat, and developing regular systems in the marketing and use of antibiotic products for humans and animals.