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Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Antibiotic Resistance, Sanitation In India

New York Times: India and the Post-Antibiotic Era
Editorial Board

“…In the developing world, unregulated use of [antibiotic] drugs coupled with poor sanitation and health care are fueling the rise of resistant bacteria. In India, these factors have created the perfect breeding ground for so-called super bugs. … The Indian government is trying to address the factors creating this health crisis. … Until India significantly improves sanitation and health care services, more will die from infections antibiotics are powerless to treat” (12/8).

Huffington Post: The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet
Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation, and hygiene, and associate director of programs at UNICEF

“An article in Thursday’s New York Times on the rise of so-called ‘superbugs’ — antibiotic-resistant infections — in India points again to the horrific side effects that poor water, hygiene, and sanitation can have on a country. … Apart from deaths from superbugs, India’s children suffer serious consequences due to the environmental contamination. Levels of stunting and of child mortality from various causes are extremely high. … It is a massive problem, but it is not an insuperable problem — if resources are made available and appropriately targeted…” (12/5).

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