AntiMicrobial Resistance and Superbugs
Antibiotic Resistance isn't new. The bug known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has been around hospitals for several years. While not dangerous to healthy people, it is of concern to those with compromised immune systems.
Seeing all the press around the Irish Government's National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the recent concerns and press over the superbug that has been found in 17 hospitals in Ireland, we asked our our CEO, Mary Skelly to clarify some of the issues and worries around the risks. She issued the following statement:
Microbide, the Irish disinfectant company, applauds the announcement by Ministers Harris and Creed of the Irish government's National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020. The government has joined the global community in this critical issue that affect us all.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a complex issue that has many components. Focusing on the over prescription and over use of antibiotics for health and agricultural purposes is a start, but not the end of superbugs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon that occurs over time usually by genetic changes. We can disrupt and slow that phenomenon down. But superbugs are a reality we will be fighting until the end of time.
We must all be vigilant. There are things we all can do to help. Every small contribution we make, each of us, to promoting healthful and sanitary lifestyle practices, the development of a clean and healthy food and water supply available to all, the proper decontamination of waste, in addition to adopting appropriate usage of current and future drugs to address infections will be incremental in the war on superbugs.
We all have a role to play.