Due to unbridled use of antibiotics worldwide, more and more bacteria are insensitive to medicines. The United Nations calls it a life-threatening problem and warns that by 2050 the number of deaths worldwide due to these bacteria can rise to ten million a year. Too often antibiotics are used according to the UN, while it is actually not necessary. As a result, bacteria are becoming increasingly insensitive to it and simple infections can lead to serious life-threatening situations.
The Netherlands is investing 4.5 million euros in a new fund for the fight against bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The first contribution is meant to convince other countries to also put money into the fund. The Netherlands is trying to take the lead in the fight against resistant ‘super bacteria’. They make hundreds of thousands of victims every year, says Minister Bruno Bruins (Medical Care), who this week receives around forty countries to jointly reduce resistance.
Dr. Merel Langelaar has been working since 2012 as a coordinating specialist senior inspector at the Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ), specializing in infectious diseases, infection prevention and antibiotic resistance. In healthcare, compared to most other industries, more vulnerable groups are highly susceptible to all kinds of infections, so proper cleaning and disinfection is of great importance in this industry. During the Hygiene Forum 2017, she spoke about patient safety with regard to proper cleaning and disinfection from the role of the Health Care Inspectorate.