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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Antibiotic Resistance Alarming Threat to Global Public Health": APJ Abdul Kalam

Contributed by: Dr. Akilesh & Dr. Tamhankar

In celebrating the life and ideas of the nation's popular ex-president and career scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who inspired millions, it would be interesting to note that one of his last public addresses before his death was on antibiotic resistance.

While, speaking at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi on the eve of National Doctors Day on 30th June, Dr. Kalam stressed the need for better antibiotic stewardship given its threat to public health.

One, hopes that the Indian Government does take the words of the late Dr. Kalam and puts it into practice, by developing and enforcing policies and guidelines on judicious use of antibiotic along with a focus on research to produce national and regional-level data on resistance.