Chennai Declaration proposes five-year plan to tackle antibiotic resistance

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chennai: The Chennai Declaration team has drawn up a five-year plan to tackle antibiotic resistance in India and other developing countries.

The plan emphasises the importance of education and training for medical professionals and recommends the Medical Council of India to make curriculum changes that would ensure rational antibiotics usage and infection control.

“We have also decided to observe November 18 as Antibiotics Awareness Day,” said Dr A Muruganathan, president, Association of Physicians of India, “just as it is being done in some countries in Europe.” [Source: Hindu]

Chennai Declaration: Tackling Antibiotic Resistance – Five Year plan

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Comment by Chugh T D
2013-08-19 09:48:52

It is a pity that we have not only resistance due to rampant use of antibiotics but also transmission both in community and hospitals as well.There is no use blaming chemists and unqualified for this problem.I have 2 suggestions.1.public awareness program to make them aware that each and every dr before examining patient must wash and disinfect the hands and patient should Refuse to pay the dr fee if dr does not do so.2. Educate public to ask the dr for prescribing an antibiotic ,it’s advantages and risks.These should be displayed in the waiting areas of all hospitals and clinics as mandatory.our regulatory bodies like NABH must ensure that every place has a mandatory audit of antibiotic consumption and this is displayed regularly.Public education is critical and I Donot see any professional body doing that

Comment by Dr Varsha Gupta
2013-08-19 11:33:19

This is a good effort.
There are bodies like INSAR- Indian national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance – which has members from about 15-17 states including members from govt. setup and private hospitals. They have published data on Salmonella and Staph. aureus on antimicrobial susceptibility from different centres which is quite useful. These should be made active and they can help achieving the motive to some extent .

Secondly as mentiones in the draft -Clinical research should take care of both Gram negatives as well as Gram positives as we have limited options for Gram positives as well , VISA is already there .

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