Wednesday, March 2, 2016

India issues guidelines for checking hospital infections

Contributed by Dr. Tamhankar & Siddarth David
In a move aimed at controlling hospital acquired infection, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines for healthcare institutions in India to prevent transmission of infections. The guidelines were developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), covers the basic principles of infection control, role of health care workers, bio-waste management and elaborates on the steps to be followed for setting up of an effective infection control in hospitals. The norms also include measures for judicious use of antibiotic in hospitals. 

This comes close to the heel of the International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance held by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South Asia last week in New Delhi. The event stressed need for all the countries in the region to adopt strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance. 

Such guidelines were needed in India to ensure that indiscriminate use of antibiotics is not the solution for preventing hospital-acquired infections. Once enforced, the new guidelines can play a major role in curbing the use of antibiotic in hospitals and promoting alternate methods to control infections.

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