(Xinhua) -- Kenya on Friday launched a new
body that will oversee the regulation of all veterinary
medicinal products in the country.
Andrew Tuimur, principal secretary at
the State Department of Livestock, said the Veterinary
Medicines Directorate (VMD) will oversee the
manufacture, importation, exportation, registration,
distribution, prescription and dispensing of veterinary
“Efficient livestock production and
animal welfare can only be enhanced with proper
regulation of veterinary medicinal products,” Tuimur
said during the launch in Nairobi.
He noted that the new body will
protect farmer’s interests, guarantee food safety and
animal welfare while ensuring the livestock industry
supports economic growth and family livelihoods.
Tuimur told members of the council and
management of the new body to engage with all
stakeholders to ensure that its objective is met.
VMD’s role previously was handled by
the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and the Pest Control
In recent past, it has been widely
reported that arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya, home to
80 percent of livestock, suffer from veterinary drug
misuse which affects the health and well-being of their
animals and hurts the livestock trade both in local and
The body will enable Kenya to export
livestock products to European and other international
markets with ease as it will help address requirements
by the international market regulators.
It would greatly support both the
dairy and poultry industries whose products are often
banned for export due to unacceptable drug and chemical
residues arising from misuse and mishandling of
Since their discovery in the early 20th
century, antibiotics and related medicinal drugs have
substantially reduced the threat posed by infectious
However, according to Tuimur, their
misuse and mishandling exacerbated by weak legislation
and lack of enforcement of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act
has actually disadvantaged livestock farmers.