On Monday, the World Health Organization said that the increased antibiotics used in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond.
According to WHO, Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them. It was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend as said by the United Nation health agency.
Tedros told in a virtual press conference from the WHO’s Geneva headquarter that “ The Covid-19 epidemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rated that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond.” Moreover, the WHO said that only a small proportion of COVID-19 patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections. Hence, the organization has issued guidance to medics not to provide antibiotics therapy to patients with mild COVID-19 or patients with moderate illness without a clinical suspicion of bacterial infection.
Also besides, Tedros has called the threat of antimicrobial resistance “one of the most urgent challenges of our time.” By adding he said, it is clear that the world is losing its ability to use critically important antimicrobial medicines. However, there was an “overuse” of antibiotics in some countries, while in low-income states, such life-saving medicine were unavailable, “leading to needless suffering and deaths.”
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said the prevention and treatment of NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE (NCD) had been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began in December, following a survey of 155 countries and found that low-income countries were most affected. The most common reasons for discontinuing or reducing services were cancellation of planned treatments, a decrease in availability of public transport, and a lack of staff because health workers had been reassigned to COVID-19 treatment.