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WHO warns of 10m deaths from AMR resistance

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The World Health Organisation, WHO, has warned that 10 million deaths might be recorded per year globally from Antimicrobial Resistance, AMR, effective from 2050, if not checked.

The WHO Country Representative, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu gave the warning yesterday in a paper he presented at the second National Summit in Abuja, which has as its theme Antimicrobial Resistance; A Global Health Challenge in the Fight for Sustainable Health System.

AMR occurs when micro-organism such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections ineffective.

Represented by Mr. Omotayo Hamza, WHO, Head of Health Technical and Innovation, Alemu said most of the deaths would be recorded in Africa and Asia.

He said four million of this estimated figure would occur in Africa, while another four million would be recorded in Asia.

He noted that the rest countries of the world would share the remaining two million deaths.

According to him, the problem of this AMR is huge in Nigeria based on surveys conducted so far.


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