Drug resistant malaria is a major problem in SE Asia : Expert
IBNS | 12 Dec 2017
Drug resistant malaria is a major problem in SE Asia : Expert
Kolkata, Dec 9 (IBNS): Drug resistant malaria has now become one of the biggest problems in South East Asia, a Myanmar-based health expert said here at an international medical conference.

At the Fourth Medicon International 2017 in Kolkata on Saturday, Dr. Elizabeth Ashley, Clinician Scientist at the Myanmar-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, said, "It's now one of the biggest problems in the South East Asia. So, we ultimately invest in drugs, which have been used over a decade. Those are the best drugs we had."

"Everyone is watching very closely to see if the parasites, which are resistant, is able to spread the disease. We  know in the past, Paraquin resistance came through into India and over  Africa that resulted in millions of child deaths. So, really everyone is watching what's going to happen," Dr. Elizabeth Ashley said.

Focusing on healthcare issues afflicting India, Peerless Hospital and B.K. Roy Foundation, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and West Bengal chapter of the Association of Physicians of India have jointly hosted the fourth edition of Medicon International 2017 conference in Kolkata.

Starting on Saturday (Dec 9), the two-day long conference will conclude on Sunday (Dec 10).



(Reporting by Deepayan Sinha) 

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