‘Invisible pandemic’: WHO offers global plan to fight superbugs Jun 19, 2019 0 755 12345 AFPGenevaThe World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global campaign on Tuesday to curb the spread of antibiotic resistant germs through safer and more effective use of the life-saving drugs.The UN health agency said it had developed a classification system listing which antibiotics to use for the most common infections and which for the most serious ones, which drugs should be available at all times, and which should be used as a last resort only.The aim is to prevent antibiotic resistance, which happens when bugs become immune to existing drugs, rendering minor injuries and common infections potentially deadly.Such resistance can develop naturally, but overuse and misuse of the drugs dramatically speeds up the process.“Antimicrobial resistance is an invisible pandemic,” WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines, Mariangela Simao, said in a statement.“We are already starting to see signs of a post-antibiotic era, with the emergence of infections that are untreatable by all classes of antibiotics,” she said. Discovered in the 1920s, antibiotics have saved tens of millions of lives by defeating bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and meningitis. But over the decades, bacteria have learned to fight back, building resistance to the same drugs that once reliably vanquished them — turning into so-called “superbugs”.The WHO campaign pointed to numbers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimating that some 2.4 million people could die over the next 30 years in Europe, North America and Australia due to superbug infections.According to a recent report by the International Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, more than 50 percent of antibiotics in many countries are used inappropriately.This includes antibiotics, which work only against bacterial infections, prescribed to treat viruses. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 103 children Jun 19, 2019 0 721 Strong quake jolts Japan Jun 19, 2019 0 830 Hong Kong leader offers ‘most sincere apology’ for crisis Jun 19, 2019 0 790 Mt Everest summits smash record amid deadly bottlenecks AFP Kathmandu A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on the world’s highest mountain. The number smashed last .. Pakistan army rescues six climbers stranded by massive avalanche dpa Islamabad Six mountaineers who were hit by an avalanche while climbing at an altitude of around 5,300 meters in northern Pakistan were rescued by helicopter on Tuesday. “Four Italian and two female climbers from .. SE Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: Environmentalists Reuters BANGKOK Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this ..