World Health Organization is calling for drug-resistant infections to be
tackled globally, and says 10 million people could die each year by
2050, with the cumulative economic loss reaching 100 trillion dollars if
the trend continues.
Antibiotic abuse is growing more severe in China. It is estimated that
antimicrobial resistance could drive one million people to early deaths
annually by 2050, the latest report from the WHO said. The economic cost
could soar to 20 trillion dollars.
According to the WHO, the major reasons for antimicrobial resistance in
China include prevalent use of non-prescription drugs, excessive use of
antibiotics in medical treatment and infection control, and the use of
drugs in the promotion of livestock growth.
Due to incentives for prescribing excess drugs in China, it is not easy
to cultivate the idea of proper antibiotic use. The lack of antibiotic
supervision in agriculture is also exacerbating the problem.
The WHO said in the future there will more deaths caused by
antimicrobial resistance than cancer.
To tackle the health threats caused by antimicrobial resistance, the WHO
suggests that patients need to consider if it is really necessary to use
antibiotics. Meanwhile, the drug industry also needs encouragement to
develop new antibiotics so that newly-developed drugs are able to
replace the old drugs when they become ineffective.