Opinion (Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation): “Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, warned that bacteria were starting to become so resistant to common antibiotics that it could bring about ‘the end of modern medicine as we know it.’
“As a result, she claimed, every antibiotic ever developed is at risk of becoming useless, making once-routine operations impossible.
“This would include many of the breakthrough drugs developed to treat tuberculosis, malaria, bacterial infections and HIV/AIDS, as well as simple treatments for cuts.
“Speaking to a conference of infectious disease experts in Copenhagen, Dr Chan said we could be entering into a ‘post-antibiotic era.’…
“Dr Chan said: ‘Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.
“‘Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials.
“‘Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units.
“‘For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50 per cent.
“‘A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it.’…
“A crisis has been building up over the decades, so that today many common and life-threatening infections are becoming difficult or even impossible to treat, sometimes turning a common infection into a life-threatening one.”
My Comment: It is not for nothing, the crisis is called total and global. It is not only around the globe, but it affects the whole of human activity because it stems from our egoistic attitude towards society and the world. However, as soon as we begin to treat ourselves and nature wisely, we will bring all issues, including disease, into balance.