NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
Kenya’s ministry of agriculture and veterinary services on
Thursday pledged action on anti-microbial resistance that has
jeopardized treatment of diseases transmitted from animals to
said Thursday that diminishing efficacy and safety of anti-biotics
used in the livestock sector is to blame for the rising toll of
zoonotic diseases like rabies and anthrax.
resistance presents huge challenge in veterinary medicine hence
compromising efforts to eradicate infections that cross over
from domesticated animals to people,” said Obadhia Njagi,
director of veterinary services in the State Department of
He spoke in Nairobi
during a forum to sensitize key stakeholders on the policy and
regulatory interventions the government has put in place to
eradicate antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector ahead
of the World Antibiotic Week to be held next week.
of health and agriculture have developed a national policy to
combat anti-microbial resistance that is to blame for a rising
burden of infectious diseases, deaths and economic losses.
Njagi said that
Kenya’s livestock sector has borne the brunt of anti-microbial
resistance against a backdrop of weak policing, limited
awareness and under-investment in training and diagnostic
“Livestock health is
increasingly at stake due to misuse and counterfeiting of
antibiotics. Inability to treat animal diseases is directly
affecting human health,” said Njagi.
Kenya is grappling
with a new public health crisis occasioned by high antibiotic
residue levels contained in animal products like meat, eggs and
deputy director of veterinary services in the state department
of livestock said that toxins found in animal products are a
threat to human health.
“The farmers must be
involved in efforts to eradicate anti-microbial resistance that
is creating a breeding ground for micro-organisms that cause
human diseases,” said Cheruiyot.