70,000 death occur globally due to infections: Health exports

Infectious diseases remain among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality not only for Pakistan but for whole planet.

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Karachi – The Fleming Fund Country Grant Pakistan implementing partner DAI and its sub partner Indus Hospital Network collaborated with the Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP) to organize a Seminar on “Strategies to Combat the Global Threat of Anti-Microbial Resistance”

The interactive seminar was attended by over 75 hospital staff. Dr Masroor Ahmed (Dean JPMC) was the distinguished chief guest of the event and speakers, including: Dr Madeeha Fatima (Site Manager JPMC, Fleming Fund Country Grant) Dr Sunil Dodani (Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Disease, SIUT), Dr Nazia Khursheed (Section head Microbiology, Indus Hospital Health Network) discussed the overview of the Fleming Fund Country Grant 2 activities, Antimicrobial Resistance as a problem and their root cause and strategies to combat AMR.

Infectious diseases remain among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality not only for Pakistan but for whole planet. The disease burden from multidrug-resistant strains of organisms causing AIDS, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, influenza, pneumonia, and diarrhea is being felt in both the developed and the developing world’s alike. The Seminar aimed to educate the health scientist, workers and researchers and present lessons from relevant experience, to delineate a range of pivotal issues and their respective problems, and to offer potential responses as discussed and described by the speakers and presenters

Dr Nazia Khursheed – “70,000 deaths occur globally due to infections. The treatment is there but it is failing due to resistance. We are fighting a failing battle”

Dr Masroor Ahmed – “I receive phone calls from doctors asking which antibiotic to prescribe patients. First we need to educate our healthcare professionals and raise awareness of AMR’

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