For dealing with growing threat of antibiotic resistance, some strategies were announced by Obama administration on Thursday. These include advancement of technologies that are used for tracking the use of microbes and antibiotics, offering resistance to them, tighter stewardship of existing ones and perks for developing new drugs.
This is the first time that a major announcement has been made by White House for addressing the need of confronting a public health crisis due to which around 23,000 people are killed each year. However, as per the critics, the strategy isn’t strong enough for significantly limiting the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture, which is a big part of the problem.
For years, researchers have raised concerns over the overuse of antibiotics , through which a revolution was brought in health industry in the 20th century. As per some experts, the strength is weakened by overuse of antibiotics as viruses and microbes have evolved to resist them.
Halting the trend is very important otherwise the situation would become same as it was before advent of antibiotics, when people would die from ordinary infections and when children weren’t able to survive strep throat.
The intention of this new strategy is bringing the federal government into action for battling a health crisis, says, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, John P Holdren. Obama, the U.S president signed this new strategy.
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