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Dear Members,

Greetings !

I am glad all the stake holders particularly government and private sector hospitals in collaboration with the regional societies, have taken the issue of antibiotic stewardship, a venture which was long overdue.

Antibiotics have been successful to keep Infectious diseases at bay and prevent morbidity and mortality to human beings since its first discovery in the 1940's. The more often bacteria are exposed to a certain antibiotic, the more opportunities they have to evolve defenses to combat it. This renders antibiotics, the hallmark of modern medicine, nearly ineffective against what some call “superbugs.” The resistance rates we saw in the ‘90s were at 10 to 15 percent. Now it’s up to 60 percent in hospitals. While these drug-resistant bacteria continue to spread across the U.S. and other parts of the world, the medicine chest of effective antibiotics is quickly emptying. The World Health Organization states that we’re in “a race against time to develop new antibiotics.” The FDA has approved only two systemic antibiotics in the past five years, an 88 percent drop from the mid-1980s. The need of the hour is a guarded approach to use of antibiotics to prevent resistance, till new molecules could be evolved.

I would wholeheartedly support this venture of antibiotic stewardship in our State.

With best wishes,

Dr. K Ellangovan IAS
Health Secretary of Kerala
Co-Patron - ASP Kerala 2016