Antimicrobial Resistance Week seeks to redeem animal, human health
The Antimicrobial Resistance Week is commemorated every year in November and this year, it is is being celebrated on November 18-24.
Under the theme, Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance, the National One Health Platform together with the Ministry Of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and other partners organised a press conference at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala to commemorate the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021.
Here, they called upon all stakeholders, including the farmers, to create awareness about the usage of antibiotics in both livestock, humans and plants.
Antimicrobial resistance has been classified as a global health threat that threatens the gains achieved by anti-infectives.
Today, the antibiotic resistance phenomenon has spread to the point that the general population is considered to be at risk, bringing about an era where many common bacterial infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat.
Of concern, in addition to the use in human beings, is the expanding use of antibiotics in poultry and livestock not only for treating disease but to promote growth and prevent diseases.
Dr Anna Rose Ademun Okurut, a commissioner of the animal health at the agriculture ministry, stressed how antibiotics become more dangerous when they are not properly used by both animals and human beings.