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Ancaman Keamanan Global akibat Resistensi Antimikroba

SEATTLE – Kini kita dihadapkan dengan kenyataan suram bahwa pengobatan atau pencegahan penyakit-penyakit menular belum juga mengalami kemajuan besar semenjak keberhasilan vaksin dan terapi antimikroba. Malah tampaknya dunia dilanda kemunduran, ketika mikroba yang dahulu bisa diobati menjadi resisten terhadap terapi dan jumlah infeksi-infeksi baru yang belum ditemukan obatnya terus bertambah.

Situasi ini memunculkan ancaman global yang serius dan mendesak. Efek global dari krisis Ebola tahun 2014 di Afrika Barat atau wabah SARS tahun 2003 yang mematikan negara-negara maju seperti Singapura dan Kanada, tentu masih hangat di pikiran kita.

Kemunculan infeksi dari resistensi antimikroba (AMR) yang sangat mematikan dan menyebar dengan cepat akan menimbulkan korban tak terhingga, belum lagi penderitaan yang tak terbayangkan. Konsekuensinya bisa serupa dengan buruknya serangan teroris berskala besar. Masyarakat akan terkucilkan, perbatasan negara terancam harus ditutup, dan perjalanan menjadi terbatas atau bahkan dihentikan sementara. Sistem kesehatan berisiko terpecah-belah atau runtuh, sama halnya dengan perekonomian.

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