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AMRITA Observes World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

November 21, 2021 - 4:17
AMRITA Observes World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

We are all hopefully beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel— our probable emergence from the nearly two-year long COVID pandemic.  However, it is not safe to let our guard down as yet.   Lurking in the shadows of the global SARS CoV2 catastrophe is yet another formidable adversary—Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR].  Microorganisms, mainly bacteria which are resistant to every known drug are rapidly evolving as ‘Superbugs’ and bringing into the realm of distinct reality, the daunting picture of a post-antibiotic era, where humanity has no available cure for common microbial infections. 

With this scenario as its focus, the World Health Organization [WHO] has initiated ‘ WAAW’ —  ‘ World Antimicrobial Awareness Week’ as an annual event. The theme for WAAW 2021, being convened during the week of November 18 to 24, 2021, is “Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance”.  The campaign for this year calls upon all stakeholders—all of us as the general public worldwide to be Champions of Antimicrobial Awareness, by spreading awareness of AMR, sharing information about the drastic consequences of AMR and how we as individuals, professionals, communities and populations worldwide can influence the emergence, evolution, containment or spread of AMR worldwide.

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