New Delhi: Doctors and health experts say sepsis is expected to kill more people by 2050 than cancer and heart attacks. According to the World Health Organization, sepsis is a syndrome response to infection and is often the last common cause of death from many infectious diseases worldwide.
A study published in the Lancet Journal found that there were 489 million cases and 11 million sepsis-related deaths worldwide in 2017, accounting for about 20 percent of deaths worldwide.
The study also found that the death rate from sepsis is higher in India than in other South Asian countries except Afghanistan.
Yasin Mehta, Chairman, Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology, Gurugram, Medanta – The Medicity said, “Sepsis will kill more people than cancer or heart attack by 2050. It is going to be the biggest killer in India. Use is likely to increase mortality. “
Because many common diseases like dengue, malaria, UTI or even diarrhea can cause sepsis.
Mehta was speaking at the Sepsis Summit India 2021 recently organized by the Health Awareness Institute-Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council.
In addition to the use of antibiotics, experts have also noticed a lack of awareness and early diagnosis. He called for raising awareness and education about sepsis at the grassroots level.
“Despite medical advances, 50-60 percent of Tertiary Care Hospital patients develop sepsis and septic shock. Awareness and early diagnosis are needed. Unnecessary antibiotic therapy should also be avoided,” Mehta said.
Lav Verma, former Union Health Secretary to the Government of India, said: “Sepsis has not been recognized as it deserves and it lags far behind from a policy point of view. There is a need and it should be taken as a priority by policy makers. “
Although it is a major cause of death in newborns and pregnant women. Sepsis also affects older adults, patients in ICUs, and HIV / AIDS, liver cirrhosis, cancer, kidney disease, and autoimmune diseases.
Experts say it has played a major role in the majority of immunodeficiency deaths during the ongoing Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic.
Kishore Kumar, founder and president of CloudNine Group of Hospitals, said, “Sepsis will remain a puzzle until we educate and educate the public. Recently, the Pediatric Association of India (AAA) announced – ‘Avoid antibiotic abuse’ About 54 percent of newborns die of sepsis in India, which is worse than in Africa. We need a three-pronged approach – primary prevention, secondary prevention and education and awareness. “