GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare, Fitness and Medicine

 
  Share
  • Aetna International calls on health care providers and insurers globally to develop better wellness, prevention and antimicrobial resistance strategies
  • Antimicrobial resistance causes 700,000 deaths per year globally – without action, the death toll could reach 10 million by 2050
  • Aetna International believes harnessing big data will alleviate the financial burden from antimicrobial resistance
31 January, United Arab Emirates:   Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's deadliest health crises. Without concerted action, the annual death toll could reach 10 million by 2050 which is more than the number of deaths from cancer, cholera, measles and traffic accidents combined.  The cumulative impact on global economic output could reach $1 trillion by 2050. Aetna International is committed to raising awareness of this critical health challenge as well as promoting effective, value-based care solutions. These effective strategies are outlined in the new whitepaper Antibiotic resistance: Toward better stewardship of a precious medical resource. Click here for the full report.  
 
Contributing factors of the antibiotic resistance crisis
 
The main causes of antimicrobial resistance (a broader category that also encompasses drug-resistant viruses, fungi and parasites) are misuse and over-prescription; the use of antibiotics in agriculture; a lack of research and an anaemic drug pipeline; and poor hygiene and sanitation. A 2014 survey of 1000 primary care doctors in the UK found that 55 percent felt under pressure, mainly from patients, to prescribe antibiotics, even if they were not sure they were necessary.  This highlights the urgent need for a greater effort to educate individuals about the use of antibiotics. A large proportion of the population mistakenly believe they should stop taking an antibiotic once they begin to feel better.  
 
Dr Mitesh Patel, Medical Director, Aetna International, says: “We strongly advocate action through proactive education, early intervention, data analysis and an emphasis on value-based care. The antibiotic resistance is a crisis that effects everyone globally and we need to address this issue now with a global, multifaceted strategic solution.”
 
Regional Disparities in causes
 
Aetna International believes it is imperative to tailor antibiotic stewardship strategies to individual countries. Each country will differ on a case by case basis, which means alternative strategies are needed to combat antibiotic resistance. A 12-country survey by the WHO in 2015 demonstrates the differences between countries. At least 75 percent of respondents from Egypt, India, Mexico and Sudan reported taking an antibiotic within the last six months, compared with just 35 percent of those from Barbados. Nearly 90 percent of South Africans understand they should take the full course of antibiotic, compared with just 47 percent of Chinese.  Aetna International is calling for carefully tailored solutions to local situations. 
 
What can be done?
 
In order to succeed, an integrated, multi-sectorial antibacterial resistance strategy is needed. The WHO Global Action Plan looks at ways to improve understanding of antimicrobial resistance, with methods such as increasing research to strengthen the current knowledge and evidence base. It also suggests reducing infection through effective sanitation and optimising the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health.  
 
Aetna International supports accrediting bodies to make antimicrobial stewardship a true standard in hospitals and outpatient settings, as well as building awareness and educating clients and members about antibiotic usage. Aetna International data indicates that among their expatriate members living in the US, they have reduced utilisation since 2014. Between 2014 and 2016, antibiotics utilisation across Aetna International membership population decreased by one-third, dropping from 27 percent in 2014 to 18 percent in 2016. 
 
Dr Mitesh Patel, Medical Director, Aetna International, says: “Stemming the rising tide of antibiotic resistance will take a global, multipronged effort. The industry must become better stewards of the antibiotics we have today, whilst working to develop more antibiotics for tomorrow. A focus on harnessing big data will inform strategies that create better care for patients as well as significantly decreasing the financial cost from antimicrobial resistance. “ 



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 15122 times
Posted on : Wednesday, January 31, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Antimicrobial resistance causes 700,000 deaths per year globally without action, the death toll cou...
Next Story : Infertility on the rise among UAE in the age group of 20-30
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Introducing Burberry Bespoke Fragrances
Making many tones from one
Celebrate the Month of Love with a Brighter Smile at The Smile Bar
Longchamp Spring/summer 2019 Show
A Chaumet Valentine's Day Sentimental jewellery
Malabar Gold & Diamonds opens a new showroom in Millennium Dubai Airport Hotel t...
Persil Appoints Nancy Ajram as the new Regional Brand Ambassador
Tissot PRS 516 Alpine Limited Edition A sporting tribute
Global Village presents Scheherazade, a timeless tale of intrigue and adventure
The Preston watch collection by Coach
Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018.
Tag Heuer Demonstrates Watchmaking Mastery With Its New Carrera Calibre Heuer 02...
Always take the front row with this 7.2” supersized smartphone screen
Celebrate Valentine's Day With a Quintessential Timepiece From D1 Milano
Eberhard & Co. Gilda makes an extraordinary Valentine's Day gift
Beef Sushi- Love at first bite
Walid Atallah's “Dream Dress”: The new revolution in the World of Fashion 2019
Bollywood Actor Anil Kapoor to inaugurate 2 new outlets of Malabar Gold & Diamon...
Scuderia Ferrari presents PILOTA Family Collection
Third Edition of Al Shira'aa International Horse Show Concludes with Thrilling Finale
HUGO BOSS watches Legacy Casual Family collection
Luxury jewelry house Dhamani 1969 launches exclusive CHRYSALIS collection
Nissan Energy demonstration hits the spot
MALABAR GOLD - DSF Winner Photo for Release - Anandan Ganesh
Nicole Kidman at the Golden Globe Awards
Joyalukkas Shopper wins BMW Car in DSF Mega Promotion
Flying Grand Regulator now available in new colour combinations
Time for Unsung Heroes to Be Recognised With Citizen Campaign
Jewellery shoppers to keep winning big this Dubai Shopping Festival
Al Mouj Muscat pays tribute to Oman with Layers of Oman Exhibition
Spring/Summer ‘19 Collection IL Gufo Underwater
Bollywood Actor Anil Kapoor inaugurated 2 new outlets of Malabar Gold & Diamonds...
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resource...
OMEGA reintroduces the iconic Calibre 321
Sawalef Perfumes unveils product range of delicate scents in 2019
Dubai-based sports star Sarra Lajnef gets Women Leadership Award
Dawoodi Bohra Trade Expo begins at Expo Centre Sharjah
Audi turns the car into a virtual reality experience platform at CES
Citi UAE opens Citigold lounge in Abu Dhabi.
Opening Ceremony of Azerbaijan House in the United Arab Emirates
Alawwal bank becomes first Middle East firm to offer AI training for all staff
The Region's Most Anticipated Shopping Festival Is Back at Burjuman
2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Global Debut
Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 1st Board of Directors Meeting for 2019
Airbus boosts Intersec 2019 with Progressive Comms Technology
The UAE-Kosovo Economic Forum launches a new phase of economic partnerships
Global Energy Forum: His Excellency Khalid Al-Falih's address on day three
IPAF hosts 10th UAE Nadwa
Sultan Awards Oil & Gas Exploration Concession to Italy's Eni
UAE residents go on a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert