The superbug first found in Delhi is rare but extremely dangerous strain of bacteria that can cause untreatable infection even in a healthy person. As the chaos over the superbug gene reaching one of the most remote places in the world-Arctic started, we at Healthwire reached out to Dr. Damanjit Singh Chadha, a renowned Internal Medicine Doctor to gain some more insight on this.
According to Dr. D. S. Chadha the prevalence of superbug in India is one of the highest in the world, the term “Superbug” is used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to the majority of antibiotics commonly used today. He explains that the term superbug is not the name of a particular bacteria but it is the mutation that takes place in the bacteria which can come from pneumonia, urinary tract infection, skin infection being a few examples. The mutation in these bacteria takes place due to the frequent misuse of high-end antibiotics taken by the patient.
Dr. D. S. Chadha emphasis on the fact that extra care should be taken by the doctors and the patients when it comes to taking high-end antibiotics, as there are many instances where high-antibiotics are given for infections when it is not required. The judicious use of high-end antibiotics is extremely important to prevent the mutation in bacteria which develops into “Superbug”.
Drug-resistant superbug are rising all around the world, not only in India because of the lack of regulation of antibiotics. According to a research the global consumption of antibiotics jumped by 65%, that is 34.8 billion daily doses between 2000 and 2015 alone. Judicious use of high-end antibiotics is the only way to prevent the Superbug.