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    General thoughts on superbugs

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    WHO_Tanzania

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    General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Tanzania on Sat May 17, 2014 4:14 pm

    Tanazania would like to point out that the rising epidemic of superbugs is a man-made problem, and is one that must be resolved in order to maintain global health. In Tanzania, antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose a mortality risk two times greater than that of malaria. The WHO has also recognized that microorganisms resistant to antimicrobial Drugs is caused by the misuse and inappropriate handling of these drugs in healthcare facilities. For these reasons we believe that we should focus on immediately raising awareness of the dangers posed by superbugs in these facilities with the goal of reducing the spread of superbugs. Before we can address how superbugs can be fully eliminated, we must stop their propagation on an international scale.

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Switzerland on Sat May 17, 2014 5:26 pm

    The delegation of Switzerland recognizes the severity of antimicrobial resistance and we realise that in order to combat superbugs, there should be a reduction in the use of antibiotics, as we were one of the first countries to ban antibiotics in animal feed in 1999. This is why we believe that there should be a ban on antibiotics in animal feed and an educated guide on when and how to use antibiotics. However, we also believe that in order to treat these "superbugs" that have already infected many people, there needs to be research and funding. Currently, Switzerland has made breakthroughs in the research regarding the development of new antibiotics that will be able to cure and destroy these superbugs; even large pharmaceutical companies have been interested in these recent developments. This is why we also need to focus on the funding of these sorts of projects.

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Denmark on Sat May 17, 2014 5:48 pm

    Denmark recognizes the prevalent threat of super bugs pose to global health. Since Flemming's discovery of penicillin in 1937, the modern medical world has relied far too often on the delusion that antibiotics cure everything. We believe that by repealing the population's ignorance on this subject, we can eventually eradicate the presence of super bugs on this planet.

    ETHIOPIA-who

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by ETHIOPIA-who on Sat May 17, 2014 9:22 pm

    Superbugs - a growing issue that plagues today's society . What are they? Superbugs are a strain of bacteria that has become resistant / has adapted to antibiotic drugs. Antimicrobial resistance is the resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that could originally be fought using antibiotics. One of the reasons behind this growing problem, is that in many developing nations such as Ethiopia, the general population is unaware of the harmful results of excessive use of antibiotics. Prescription of antibiotics is extremely common - for illnesses that can be cured using other forms of medication. The delegation of Ethiopia strongly feels that an increase of accessibility in developing nations should be our first step, in order to be able to raise awareness in rural areas (such as the region of Dallol in our nation). This way, the indigenous and rural populations will also have access to information on how to use medicines and antibiotics appropriately. The delegation of Ethiopia is hopeful that such initiatives will result in progress towards a healthier world.

    WHO_SaudiArabia

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_SaudiArabia on Sat May 17, 2014 10:20 pm

    Superbugs are a growing conflict throughout the whole world, let alone in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia believes that the development of new and improved antibiotics would play a key role in reducing resistance. Saudi Arabia would also like to note that efforts should be made in educating the general public on healthy living and basic necessary steps to healthy living, how to properly use antibiotic drugs and why it is imperative that we take antibiotics as prescribed medications ONLY and take it off the streets and over-the-counter sales.

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_SaudiArabia on Sat May 17, 2014 10:21 pm

    Superbugs are a growing conflict throughout the whole world, let alone in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia believes that the development of new and improved antibiotics would play a key role in reducing resistance. Saudi Arabia would also like to note that efforts should be made in educating the general public on healthy living and basic necessary steps to healthy living, how to properly use antibiotic drugs and why it is imperative that we take antibiotics as prescribed medications ONLY and take it off the streets and over-the-counter sales.

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by ETHIOPIA-who on Sun May 18, 2014 2:59 am

    The delegation of Ethiopia supports Saudi Arabia's thoughtful points, and would just like to add on to those just stated. We also suggest that that there be a strict rule forbidding doctors and physicians from prescribing antibiotics for viral infections and diseases as many of these do not need antibiotics to be cured. We feel that antibiotics should be prescribed if that is the only means of treatment for a particular patient. There should be extremely limited use of antibiotics on animal feeds. This is one of the main reasons that antimicrobial resistance is increasing. Farmers and animal food producers are using these antibiotics to prevent infections and to increase growth and production. Most consumers are unaware of this. The delegation of Ethiopia strongly believes that putting an end to unnecessary and overuse of antibiotics (animal feed and viral infections , respectively) will be a critical step in advancing towards a superbug free world.

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Netherlands on Sun May 18, 2014 3:06 am

    The Kingdom of the Netherlands emphasizes the need for not only the education of governments and their citizens, but also research into superbugs themselves. Specifically, programs such as EvoTAR, which our nation is proud to coordinate, analyzes superbugs inside the human body to examine their relationship with natural resistant and antiresistant bacteria, with the ultimate goal of understanding how superbugs evolve and gain resistance against superbodies. This information is then used to create drugs that are targeted specifically to certain diseases. The Netherlands believes that this kind of system is imperative as it is an excellent way to provide the most current information possible to the public.

    WHO_Finland

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Finland on Sun May 18, 2014 3:54 am

    Finland emphasizes that humans can only buy time for themselves and that evolution of all species is inevitable. The increasing presence of superbugs is only prevalent because of self-medicated usage of antibiotics and vaccinations. We as humans naturally evolve alongside these mutations. Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection is unstoppable. Therefore, as a committee, we must find a balance between mutating ourselves and mutating superbugs. Finland proposes that vaccines and antibiotics MUST be administered by a practicing medical physician in order to control the usage of antibiotics and vaccines.

    The delegation of Finland would also like to draw out that the eradication of vaccinations and possible cures would be a step backwards as well. If there is a future pandemic, humans will be left defenseless. We must also ask ourselves what treatment options could be provided for an individual with HIV/AIDs or weakened immune system.

    WHO_Netherlands

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    Re: General thoughts on superbugs

    Post by WHO_Netherlands on Sun May 18, 2014 4:14 am

    The Netherlands also wishes to support sentiments expressed by the delegation of Ethiopia. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics is in fact the leading cause of contraction because they are being used to treat diseases for which they are not meant. Furthermore, education of the difference of uses between antimicrobial and antiviral medications, as well as the implementation of basic sanitation workshops in third world countries, is absolutely imperative. This is because many diseases that are encountered are the direct result of the unsanitary environments in which citizens reside. By following these simple steps it is our belief that that the quality of life of global citizens, especially those in third countries, would be improved drastically, and would serve as a monumental step towards the eradication of superbugs.

    The improvement of and improved access to superbug-specific vaccinations would be a long term and ongoing solution also looked favourably upon by our delegation.

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