NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday
launched a policy on prevention and containment of
antimicrobial resistance to help promote prudent use of
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said the policy
will ensure that there is continued successful treatment
and prevention of microbial diseases.
going to make safe antimicrobials effective and quality
accessible to patients in need,” Mailu told journalists
during the launch in Nairobi.
reports from hospitals and communities, the east African
nation is experiencing rising rates of antimicrobial
resistance among infections that contribute the most to
Antimicrobial resistance, one of the most significant
global public health problems, is rising in many
developing nations due to overuse of antimicrobial
agents, widespread availability of counterfeit or
substandard medicines, and poor infection control
demonstrated that a continued rise in antimicrobial
resistance globally would lead to 10 million people
dying every year and a 3 percent reduction in gross
domestic product (GDP) by the year 2050.
a March 2016 survey, Kenya is already experiencing high
levels of antimicrobial resistance.
patients are experiencing such resistance that renders
many available antimicrobial regimens like penicillin
and cotrimoxazole ineffective against common infections.
increasing levels of international travel and trade,
antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to
global public health, food security and development,”
that this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week is
aimed at enhancing public awareness of the increasing
threat of antibiotic resistance and the need to enhance
appropriate rise of antibiotics.
Health Organization (WHO) has recently warned of the
emergence of drug-resistant bacteria that are rapidly
spreading across the globe, threatening the world’s
ability to treat common infectious diseases.
noted that an increasing number of infections such as
pneumonia, tuberculosis, drug poisoning and gonorrhea
are now becoming harder and sometimes impossible to
treat as antibiotics become less and less effective.
Ministry of Health is partnering with the Ministry of
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in consolidating
efforts toward implementing sustainable measures in
mitigating further emergence and spread of antimicrobial