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Kenya pledges action on anti-microbial resistance   
 

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 humans.

Health officials 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.

“Anti microbial 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 Livestock.

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.

Kenya’s ministries 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 equipment.

“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 milk.

Michael Cheruiyot, 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.

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