Today is World Health Day and each year WHO selects a health issue and encourages everyone to work on it in whatever way possible.This year the theme is "Antimicrobial resistance:no action today,no cure tomorrow".Drugs are a matter of public health importance,but unfortunately receive little or no attention from the common man to the policy makers.It is a sad human tendency not to think about what and how it cured,once a disease is cured!
"Achoo" and off the tablet or pill goes down the throat.How many of us do no do this?:)Everyone wants to get well soon and antibiotics in such situations work like 'Miracle Drugs'.We pop them like chocolates and toffees for fever,cough,cold and every illness else.Once prescribed by a doctor,the medicine stays for the same illness for everyone in the house for life.Also there are suggestions from neighbors,relatives,friends and the guy at the medical store,they work better and are cheaper than what the doctor prescibes.If one does not cure our running nose or headache there is always a better drug to start midway.The most helpful of all is that one friendly neighborhood doctor who gives the strongest and best medicine and creates wonders by making us hale and healthy in a day.What we do not know is all this is completely wrong!By doing so we are doing nothing but boosting the immunity of these microbes,not ours!
Since ages antimicrobials have cured diseases and saved human lives.Due to increasing drug resistance these diseases which were once treatable have now become major threats to our well being and health.If this continues not far is the day when a common cold will turn a killer.It is because of our ignorant practices that microbes are growing stronger than we can imagine to be.Until we act there is nothing that can be done to better the current state of affairs.
Fighting myths and spreading awareness is the need of the hour.We have to be sensible and judicious while we use these drugs,both the doctor and the patient.The former while prescribing and the latter while taking.There are some Dos and Don'ts with these medicines which have to be strictly followed.Any drug that is overused is more dangerous than the disease.Let us not forget that these are only 'drugs' that can save lives,not any elixir of life.
To know more read:
World Health Day 2011
The Hindu-Editorial Article