WHO Says Superbugs and Vaccine Hesitancy Are One of the 10 Threats to Global Health

WHO Says Superbugs and Vaccine Hesitancy Are One of the 10 Threats to Global Health

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The World Health Organization rolled out a list of 10 significant threats to global health in the current year. The wide range includes threats ranging from superbugs to anti-vaxxers. As there are many diseases which may take place in the world. So the lives of millions will be in danger until and unless those threats get addressed. According to the United States’ public health agency, anti-vaxxers is one of the risks affecting global health. In other words, they call it “Vaccine hesitancy”. WHO says vaccine hesitancy is refusing to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines. Whereas, a vaccine is one of the most affordable ways to prevent sickness. Currently, 2-3 million people are safe due to vaccination.

Moreover, the health agency revealed a rapid increase in measles cases. There are many reasons behind the condition, but one of them is anti-vaxxers. Thus, the people who do not like to vaccinate themselves or their family have been on the rise. The U.S. health agency blames those people who reject to get the vaccine. On the other hand, WHO includes drug-resistant superbugs as another threat in its list. There are two sides of a coin, unlike that there are some advantages and disadvantages of antibiotics. Besides, the overuse of antibiotics has given rise to drug-resistant superbugs. So there is a dark side to the incredible victory of antibiotics and antimalarial.

In the previous year, the Democratic Republic of the Congo faced two different epidemics of Ebola. Additionally, the outbreak took the life of more than 1 million people. WHO said, the bacteria and viruses are becoming resistant to medicines. Therefore, in the future, it may be difficult to treat these infections efficiently. However, WHO list includes other aspects such as air pollution and climate change, non-communicable diseases, fragile and vulnerable settings, Ebola and other dangerous pathogens, etc. WHO also says that the reason why people refuse vaccination is complex.  Since the United States started giving vaccines to avoid the illness, the country faced 99% fewer cases of measles.

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