Ep.43 ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA: HOW SHOULD WE USE DRUGS?
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"First on air 30 April 2022"

In 2016, just a few years before the outbreak of Covid-19, a first confirmed case of a patient infected with bacteria that had a special type of resistance to every kind of antibiotics, including colistin, a powerful last resort antibiotic, was reported in the United States. This incident drew global headlines, as it proved that a new worrying strain of bacteria that was immune to all of our antibiotics was spreading globally, since prior to the confirmed infection case in the United States, there had been reports of this so-called “Superbugs” found in many countries in Asia and Europe. That was when most people heard the term “Superbugs” for the first time in news reports, a catchy nickname created by the media in referring to drug-resistant bacteria. According to World Health Organization, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are silent killers that take the lives of more than 700,000 people globally every year, and make the cure of many millions more a costly and complicated medical treatment. Meanwhile, in Thailand, a 2012 study published in Journal of Health Systems Research estimated that antimicrobial resistance infections caused over 88,000 hospitalizations and 38,000 deaths each year. Discussing the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and how we should apply antibiotics is Asst. Prof. Dr. Pisonthi Chongtrakul of Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University.