Increased medical awareness on MDR infection need of the hour: HDR SummitFebruary 4, 2019
One of the most critical health issues that India currently needs to address by putting its act together is the increasing risk of drug-resistant infection. MDR — caused by various factors ranging from community infected diseases, uncontrolled usage of antibiotics in the healthcare and non-healthcare setups and the growth-promotional use of antibiotics in animals and plants — is going to be one of the biggest medical challenges in the country soon. While non-communicable diseases such cardiac and hypertension problems and diabetes and renal disorders have already created a huge healthcare burden in the country, it is soon going to witness an even bigger crisis caused by bacterial resistance to a large spectrum of known antibiotics, cautioned HDR Summit 2018, the multi-specialty medical conference focusing on hypertension, diabetes and renal diseases held during December 8 to 9 in Bengaluru.
Medical experts who spoke at the conference alerted the community that it is time to bring in rapid measures to check the spread of drug-resistant bacterial infection.
“Besides precautions like strong implementation of anti-infection protocols at medical setups, there is also an urgent need for controlling overcrowding of population, improving hygiene and sanitary systems, vaccination for high-risk people including immunodeficient patients, discouraging growth-promotional use of antibiotics etc.,” said Dr Adbdul Ghafur, an infectious diseases expert from Chennai, while making a presentation on the topic of how to bring down community-acquired serious infections.
“Colistin resistance in bacteria causes 80% of infection-related deaths in India and at least 6% of adult population in the country already carry carbapenem-resistant bacteria in their gut,” he said referring to recent health surveys.
The conference, which had 18 scientific sessions, also discussed challenges and the need for new approaches in disease management in various disease segments. Presenting a paper on implications of obesity on health and its management, senior endocrinologist Dr Supratik Bhattacharya from Kolkata said new findings have proved that there are other factors such as environmental, lifestyle and psychological conditions that contribute significantly to obesity, besides genetic and food-related causes.
According to Dr Dinesh Kamath, organising secretary of the Summit, the topics at the scientific sessions were chosen on the basis of current day challenges in the Indian healthcare scenario and for the purpose of updating the medical fraternity on several commonly faced issues.
“The speakers were selected considering their exposure to such key issues and their own research work in the respective areas. I feel that the conference could fully serve its purpose of updating the community about newer challenges and solutions in the chosen subjects,” Dr Kamath said.
“With 4,200 registered delegates, this was one of the best conferences in South India in recent times in terms of participant response. One of the reasons for such a positive response from the fraternity was the selection of current and topical subjects,” said organising committee chairman Dr V Shankar.