WHO urges governments to support development of new antibiotics

WHO urges governments to support development of new antibiotics


The UN’s World Health Organization is is highlighting
a growing threat to public health — bacteria that have become resisitent to medicine. As our Oh Soo-young reports, the agency says
new drugs are needed to fight these antibiotic-resistant bugs. The World Health Organization is calling on
governments to ramp up efforts to research and produce new antibiotics. The UN agency has published its first ever
list of antibiotic resistant “priority pathogens” that pose the biggest threats to public health. “That is… a prioritized list of important
bacteria that have whose important resistance or high burden on mortality rate or hospitalization. And it will be very important for governments
and industry for developing new models to actually discover and put into the market
new drugs.” Among the twelve families of bacteria categorized
by levels of urgent need, the most critical group includes pathogens that cause severe
and, even deadly, conditions such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia. These are rampant in hospitals, nursing homes
and among patients who require devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. The second and third priority categories name
more common diseases, such as gonorrhea and food poisoning, which are becoming more resistant
to drugs. The publication also draws attention to so-called
gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to even the best antibiotics. They can even pass on genetic material that
causes other bacteria to defy antimicrobial medicine. That’s why the health agency is urging governments
and experts to formulate policies that will incentivize efforts in basic science and advanced
research and development to discover new antibiotics– in both the public and private sectors. In addition to R&D, the WHO says better prevention
of infections and the appropriate use of antibiotics is needed to overcome bacterial resistance. Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.

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