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The urgency to save lives in the pandemic is pushing doctors to prescribe a mix of drugs, which may drive the world into the hidden pandemic of Anti-Microbial resistance. Critically examine.

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3. The urgency to save lives in the pandemic is pushing doctors to prescribe a mix of drugs, which may drive the world into the hidden pandemic of Anti-Microbial resistance. Critically examine. (250 words )

Reference:  The Wire

Why the question:

Amidst the threats posed by Pandemic the article brings to us the greater threats of antimicrobial resistance.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the nuances of hidden pandemic of Anti-Microbial resistance.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with what AMR is.

Body:

Explain that Doctors would ideally adhere to the clinical-management protocols, but the high flow of patients who may deteriorate and need hospital admissions, is compelling doctors to mount a pre-emptive attack against the virus.

So, doctors are prescribing medicines like multivitamins, anti-allergens, asthma drugs, anti-hypertensive, anti-nausea drugs, and anti-cholesterol drugs. Even drugs which may not have gone through a robust approval process for use in Covid-19 treatment also feature on the list.

Explain what are Superbugs and Anti-Microbial resistance.

Discuss in what way the response to Covid-19 is Shaping Antibiotic Resistance or AMR.

Suggest and discuss steps that have been taken to prevent or reduce AMR.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.