The state of Kerala has been devastated by floods and the rehabilitation efforts are in full swing. But there is a lot of confusion regarding the best practices in post-flood clean up operations. This confusion and lack of awareness is causing sub-optimal results and also wastage of valuable resources like bleaching powder. ASPIC clubs have responded to this need; and has compiled a poster of best practices in clean up operations. The poster, published in Malayalam, gives detailed information on how to use bleaching powder in well sanitisation and also in cleaning homes.
ReAct North America, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launches the latest edition of 'Innovate4AMR' competition. This competition is for students across the world to come up with solutions to the problems related to Antimicrobial Resistance in Low-Middle Income Countries. This is an initiative which is aimed at promoting understanding of the drivers of AMR and the potential solutions, among college and university students.
A national seminar on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was organized by the Department of Biosciences of Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala. The seminar was held on 15th and 16th of February 2018, and had the support of ReAct Asia Pacific, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
ReAct Asia Pacific launched a Photography contest for students from India, on the occasion of World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017. The themes for the contest were broad, and included antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic abuse, One-health approach and Food as Medicine. The aim of the contest was to spread the awareness about the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in India and the world.
Bacteria are supposed to be the first life forms to appear on the face of the earth, and will surely survive any severe form of natural calamities or even a nuclear holocaust. Bacteria are our earliest ancestors, and it has been found that around one-third of our 20,000 genes are bacterial in origin. Bacteria has also played a significant part in the evolutionary process, apart from contributing to our genome. It is now widely accepted that the evolution of mammals were actually a process of interaction between the particular species, its environment and bacterial partners.
Hyderabad is one of the largest pharmaceutical hubs of the developing world, and his home to a number of small and large manufacturing units. The Kazipally Industrial Area of Hyderabad is one area where many pharmaceutical manufacturing units are concentrated. The Hindu reports that the effluents from more than a dozen pharmaceutical units, is collected in an open well and then taken in tankers to the processing plant situated 20kms away. The open well is not leak proof and contaminates most of the water resources around the industrial area.
A study done by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, has found out that extensive misuse of antibiotics in poultry farms is leading to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria to the farm surroundings, soil and water resources. The study was done in 12 farms from 4 important poultry producing states in India- namely Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. The study looked for resistance patterns in 217 isolates of E.coli, K.pneumonaie and S.lentus, the first two organisms being notorious for causing life threatening infections.