A Threat We Cannot Ignore
The history of antibiotics dated back to 1928 by Alexander Flemming, who discovered Penicillin. During the World 2, antibiotics were hailed as ‘’wonder drugs’’. They were used to fight bacteria as well as treating wounds and illnesses.
Unfortunately, today, some of the bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. This is a serious concern because it can cause widespread infection and other life-threatening illnesses.
The UK Government White Paper
The UK government and other Western countries are naturally also concerned about the effect of these superbugs resistant to antibiotics. The United Kingdom, therefore, took the lead in issuing a white paper on how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling anti-microbial resistance (AMR) for a five-year (2019–2024) national action plan.
The focus is to support the current antibiotics to stay effective by reducing the number of resistance infection and supporting minimal prescriptions. One reason is that the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry contributes to their ineffectiveness.
To cut down the number of drug resistance infection by 10%
To reduce the use of antibiotics by human by 15%. This will be by preventing at least 15,000 patients from contracting infections as a result of increased healthcare.
The paper looked at what could happen if antibiotics were NO LONGER EFFECTIVE:
Treatable infections become untreatable.
Routine surgery, like hip replacement and C-section, becomes too risky because of the risk of infection.
Every wound is potentially life-threatening for lack of effectiveness of antibiotics.
Current Situation (If No Action Is Taken)
Meanwhile, death from infection is set to rise.
Antibiotics resistant is predicted to kill 10 million every year by 2050.
Drug resistance stream infection has increased by 35% between 2013–2017.
Since 2014, the UK has cut the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry by 40%, whereas the overall cut generally is by mere 7%.
What You Can Do With This Vital Information
The only sensible thing you can do is to strengthen your immunity as a preventative method against infection. By so doing, you will not need to take any antibiotics.
According to Harvard Medical School, boosting one’s immunity is a combination of healthy choices all across your lifestyle. Know your body and do not overstep your boundary. Avoid infection by washing your hands regularly, particularly after the use of the toilet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and get enough sleep. Also ensure meat, fish and poultry are adequately cooked before eating.