10m people could die annually due to drug resistance

21 September 2016

Some ten million people could die annually as a result of resistance to antimicrobial drugs, known as AMR, according to the Assistant Director- General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The misuse of drugs, such as antibiotics, means that they can no longer fight so-called "super bugs", a situation which has been described as a “serious” global public health issue.

It’s become so serious, in fact, that heads of state and government will discuss the issue on Wednesday at a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Daniel Dickinson has been talking to Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General.

He began by asking Dr Fukuda why antimicrobial resistance is such an important issue?

Duration: 4’04”


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