Drug-resistant diseases to cause 10 mn deaths

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  • Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050, warned the United Nation Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group (IACG).
  • The report also highlighted that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
  • Currently, at least 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases.


The reasons for the sharp increase in antibiotic use are as follows:

  • The high disease burden.
  • The rising income.
  • The easy and the cheap availability of these medicines to the public.
  • The uncontrolled sales of antibiotics.
  • Poor public health infrastructure.
  • Lack of awareness regarding the misuse of antibiotics.


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