WHO: most countries have no national plan to tackle drug resistance


A survey conducted by the World Health Organization finds most countries do not yet have a comprehensive national plan to tackle drug resistance - a year after the organization warned that we are heading toward a "post-antibiotic era."

In a new report released Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that only 34 of 133 countries that participated in the survey have composed a plan to address the increasing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and other drugs.

Drug resistance, also referred to as antimicrobial resistance, is when microorganisms - such as bacteria and viruses - evolve and develop the ability to prevent antimicrobial medications, such as antibiotics and antivirals, from killing them.