Antibiotic resistance ‘one of the most dangerous global crises facing modern world’Ivy Madziva
Health experts say an estimated 5,000 people die every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.
Antibiotic resistance is a global crises, experts say
The use of antibiotics when they are not needed is creating “one of the most dangerous global crises facing the modern world today”, a new campaign is warning.
Public Health England (PHE)has launched the new “Keep Antibiotics Working” campaign to tackle the growing resistance to the drugs.
TV and radio adverts and posters have been produced to discourage patients from asking their GPs for antibiotics as the NHS heads into the busy winter period.
Professor Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, said: “Antibiotic resistance is not a distant threat, but is in fact one of the most dangerous global crises facing the modern world today.
“Without urgent action from all of us, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier.”
PHE is discouraging patients from asking GPs for unnecessary antibiotics
It is estimated that 5,000 people die every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.
Genevieve Barnott Jones has a lung condition called bronchiectasis, which means she regularly gets infections. Some cannot be treated with any type of antibiotic.
She traveled to Georgia to access new types of treatment.
She told Sky News: “It’s quite a big threat to not only people’s health but people are dying from antibiotic resistance so it’s a serious problem and I’m really glad that they’re finally starting to address it.
“I was in hospital with people who have the same problem and they’re not old people, or very vulnerable people, it’s just ordinary people like you and me suddenly falling victim to what’s almost like an unknown plague.”
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