Healthy Voices

Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya

“The problem of superbugs has been there even in developed countries. The resistant bacteria are more in Western countries due to indiscriminate use of antibiotics. The antibiotics are especially used in poultry farming, where chicken are injected to gain weight. In India, the percentage of people infected by superbugs are small as many cannot afford the expensive medicines.”

Vishal Bali  COO, Fortis Hospitals

“Healthcare in India has gone beyond medical tourism to globalisation of healthcare. It has created opportunities for patients to look beyond their country to access quality healthcare. However, Superbugs will not dent India's image as a healthcare powerhouse, as the number of patients from abroad is steadily growing via word of mouth.”

Dr R Ravikumar, HoD, Neuromicrobiology, NIMHANS

“The Superbug is nothing but a bacteria that has developed resistance to a particular group of antibiotics called Carbapenems. Although these bacteria are new drug resistant variants, there is no need to panic. Awareness among the medical faculty, especially physicians about the rational usage of antibiotics; and development of a Hospital Antibiotic Policy is the need of the hour to combat this and other infectious diseases in the near future.”

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