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Thursday, May 5, 2011

India : PMC vows to fight against superbugs

Article from Mid Day :

" New chief medical officer Pardeshi promises to crack down on antibiotic abuse to prevent creation of drug-resistant bugs

After Mid DAY's report on Sassoon hospital detecting 20 patients with resistance to antibiotics, PMC has tightened its belt and wants to curb the growing danger quickly. It has finally appointed a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) after two years and Dr RR Pardeshi's, the new CMO has decided to control the use of antibiotics at all the 42 hospitals and dispensaries to prevent further superbug affected patients.

Immediately after taking charge, Pardeshi has asked Sassoon to collect blood and urine samples of the 3000 patients. "I am conducting a meeting with Sassoon Hospital Dean Dr Renu Bharadwaj in PMC today and we will jointly work out a strategy against the possibility of a superbug epidemic in the city.

We are also roping in the Indian Medical Association officials to enforce the policy against antibiotics in the civic hospitals," he said. Pardeshi added that antibiotics will be completed stopped over all the counters of PMC hospitals. "We will also make patients aware of the use of antibiotics."

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