Hooked to the pill: India’s antibiotics overkill
The misuse and overuse of antibiotics is rampant in India, resulting in 'super bugs' that are resistant to all known types of drugs.
New Delhi: When 60-year-old Lalit Kumar (name changed) was rushed to the emergency ward of a New Delhi-based private hospital on 15 August 2018, he was in septic shock (an extreme reaction to infection where the immune system turns on itself). After a minor cardiac arrest inside the ICU, he was put on broad-spectrum antibiotics in order to ward off infection. But his body wasn’t responding. By day 4, fever had set in and his condition began to deteriorate. Chest X-rays soon revealed evolving lesions in both the lungs. By then, tissue cultures which had initially been sent for tests came back and doctors began to unravel what exactly was going on.