There were only three times when the United Nations gathered to talk about heart issues: HIV, Ebola, and chronic diseases. On September 21, world leaders will meet again to talk about antimicrobial resistance. Even if this topic was not a very popular one, it seems that leaders see it now as a catastrophic threat.
We all know that the million of bacteria that live around us can be killed by taking antibiotics. There are a lot of types of bacteria and some of them are really dangerous for our health. Thousands of people die every year because of this reason. The biggest issue is that when we use too many time the antibiotics our body begins to get used to them. That is the moment when bacteria find a way to fight against the drugs.
There were a lot of doctors who warned us that abusing antibiotics will lead us to antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, people are not using these drugs only in medicine. They can also be found in our food supply, which means we are in danger more than ever. There were so many people who died because the antibiotics did not work that humans started to realize the threat.
Even though there were some hospital or companies who stopped abusing antibiotics, there are still a lot of people who use antibiotics when they are not feeling well. The United Nations decided they need a global plan to fight against antimicrobial resistance. They started to understand what is happening with our bodies and how bacteria is getting smarter when we overuse an antibiotic.
What is really interesting is that this is the second time when the United Nations want to do something regarding this matter. However, the meeting was supposed to be on September 11, 2001, but the terror attacks changed their plans. Bacteria was a major threat so many years ago. Think of how much it has developed.
People are using antibiotics almost every time when they feel sick. Studies show that most of the antibiotic prescriptions were not necessary. We have so many alternative ways to try before using these drugs. If you will take antibiotic every time you get the flu, in a few years that pill will not work because bacteria are used to it. The United Nations is hoping to make its best and develop an efficient plan against antimicrobial resistance.
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