Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked people of the country to follow doctors’ prescriptions sincerely and also cautioned them against overuse or underuse of antibiotics. Addressing citizens of the country during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, the PM emphasised that overuse of antobiotics is a big concern today. He asked people not to consume antibiotics without taking doctors’advice. “Life is so fast these days that sometimes we don’t even have time to think for ourselves. When we get sick, we want quick relief and consume antibiotics.” Modi said that this practice can lead to a very serious problem. “You may get relief for some time but the disease-causing microbes start becoming resistant to antibiotics if you do it regularly,” the PM said, adding, “Lets not resort to short-cut as it is leading to new problems.”
Modi highlighted that sometimes people don’t follow the entire course of medicines prescribed by doctors. “I request you to complete the course. Becasue if you take more than prescribed antibiotics, or even less, it is in the benfit of the disease-causing microbes.” “It is improtant to complete the course. Microbes which cause diseases like TB and Malaria are changing so much that they are becoming resistant to antibiotics.” PM said the government is committed to find solution of the increasing antibiotic resistance of disease-causing microbes.
The PM also talked about death of women during pregnancy across the country. Pointing out the problems faced by women during pregnancy, the PM said the government of India has started a new programme — Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan — to provide free tests to pregnant women at government hospitals on ninth day of every month. “I request all poor families to take benefit of this service,” he said. The PM also said he had earlier asked doctors to devote 12 days of the year for providing free service to the poor. “Will my doctors brother and sisters not serve even for 12 days?” The PM said scores of doctors have expressed their interest to participate in the programme. “India is a big country, lakhs of doctors should particiate in this,” he said.