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MGMJMS: Vol. 4 Issue 1: p. iv
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Journal ID (publisher-id): MGMJMS
ISSN: 2347-7946
ISSN: 2347-7962
Publisher: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.
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Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.
Print publication date: Season: January-March Year: 2017
Volume: 4 Issue: 1
First Page: iv Last Page: iv

From the Editors' Desk
Shibban K Kaul, MS MCh FIACS1Editor-in-Chief
Chander P Puri, PhD FNASc FAMS2Editor-in-Chief
MGM Journal of Medical Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor MGM Institute of Health Sciences Navi Mumbai, India
MGM Journal of Medical Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) MGM Institute of Health Sciences

Increasing resistance of microorganisms to antibiotics is becoming a cause of great concern globally. We are already witnessing increase in morbidity, mortality, longer hospital stays and greater health care costs of treating patients suffering from infections. World Health Organization (WHO) has rightly taken this problem seriously and in May 2015, a “Global Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance” was initiated at the World Health Assembly. Main objectives of this plan were to improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance, strengthening surveillance, reducing incidence of infections and ensuring that antibiotics are used only on prescription by certified health professionals. In November 2015, WHO launched a global campaign titled “Antibiotics: Handle with Care” by celebrating first World Antibiotics Awareness Week. Hopefully, this campaign will yield effective results. Public needs to be made aware that antibiotic resistance is a big threat to global health. Misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals plays a major role in increasing this threat. Antibiotics are, no doubt, life saving drugs, if used judiciously. Their indiscriminate use must be stopped. Only then we can curtail the development of antimicrobial resistance. Health care professionals have a major role to play in putting an end to the ever-growing resistance of microbes to antibiotics, firstly by prescribing them judiciously in accordance with sensitivity reports for correct duration and secondly by educating people against self-use. Though, laws against selling antibiotics by druggists without valid prescriptions exist, these have to be implemented more forcefully.

We are pleased to present this latest issue of MGM Journal of Medical Sciences to our esteemed readers.

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