No action to day, no cure tomorrow
World Health Day is held on the day the World Health Organization has been established. Each year on the 7th of April international attention will be given to a topic selected by the WHO.
This day enables people to give a moment’s thought on their health and how to embrace a more healthy lifestyle: many disease can be prevented by easy accessible interventions and precautions. Think of personal hygiene for instance. Washing your hands before having dinner and preparing food decreases the spread of diarrhea, flu and many other diseases. This is a very easy change in your daily routine. Along with that becoming more aware of your lifestyle is an important aspect of maintaining healthy. Make sure you exercise daily, eat fruits and vegetables, lower the intake of sugar and fat and avoid smoking. Aarogya.com provides you with suggestions, access and guidance to stay healthy.
In case you fall ill seek the help of a medical doctor and obtain professional guidance. Avoid taking medicine without prescription. This years world health day underlines the risks of drug resistance as a result of wrong or unnecessary intake of medicine like antibiotics. In order to fight this problem the World Health Organization will launch a policy package to combat drug resistance on World Health Day. This policy aims to make governments aware how to guide key partners in the prevention of drug resistance.
Drug resistance becomes a bigger and bigger threat for achieving global health goals. Drug-resistant infections can be spread from one person to another, increasing the risk for illness and deaths. According to the WHO, Drug resistance can impose huge costs to individuals, health systems and societies. If we do not put effort in its prevention, it could leave us with hardly any medicines to treat infections.
Drug Resistance is mainly caused by using medicine in an inappropriate way. For instance if people do not adhere to their medicine, if the quality of antimicrobials is poor, or if they are prescribed when not completely needed. Especially in India antibiotics are prescribed easily and often not taken for the full period of time. They are sold over the counter and people are not aware of the risk accompanying unnecessary intake of antibiotics. Especially for diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV wrong use of medication can lead to untreatable mutations. This is particularly dangerous for a country like India where these diseases are highly prevalent.