80% bacteria in Kashmir hospitals resistant to last-resort antibiotics: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that Kashmir hospitals have turned into breading grounds for deadly bacteria that are resistant to all antibiotics.
Raising alarm President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that even last-resort antibiotics do not work against these deadly microbes.
Hospitals in Kashmir have become superbug factories.
As per 2015 Antibiogram of SKIMS hospital, 80% of bacteria isolated from ICUs were resistant to imipenem which is the last-line antibiotic.
The most common isolates were E coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter and they were found to have 100% resistance to ceftriaxone, another high-end antibiotic.
An increasing trend over the years in the antibiotic-resistant strains was observed in a prospective study at SKIMS.
The situation in SMHS hospital is horrible as it is flooded with dangerous drug-resistant microbes.
Patients go to hospitals to get well, but instead contract hospital bugs and die.
These bugs aren’t limited to hospitals, they are out in the community and anyone, even healthy people, can become infected.
Lack of infection control measures and poor sanitation in hospitals provide favorable conditions for resistant microorganisms to emerge, spread and persist.
Inappropriate and irrational use of antibiotics has helped the microbes to evolve into resistant strains.
We are kind of back to the era of not having antibiotics.
With no antibiotics, cancer chemotherapy and simple surgery will become impossible and we are facing a future where cough or cut could kill once again.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 people die each year worldwide, and if the trend continues, the figure will go to 10 million by 2015.
United Nations in its General Assembly last month signed a declaration to fight a war against superbugs that have evaded science’s last remaining defenses.