November 21, 2018

Myanmar in nationwide effort to fight antibiotic resistance


Myanmar is addressing the problem of antibiotic resistance in livestock nationwide, said the country's veterinary department.


The agency seeks to mitigate risks to livestock which result from an improper application of antibiotics, its assistant director of the Veterinary Department in Nay Pyi Taw, U Aung Tun, commented.


"Under an action plan, drug resistance in farm animals is being studied in Yangon Region. Based on the results, the plan will be carried out across the nation," Tun added. He stated that eliminating drug resistance is possible "only if all breeders participate in the effort."

U Maung Maung, regional head of Mandalay's Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, further underscored the need not to give into the temptation of using antibiotics unnecessarily.

"We need to educate drug manufacturers and veterinarians and people in the livestock industry about ways to avoid drug resistance. If livestock farms can practice bio-safety and reduce the using of antibiotics, their expenses can also be reduced," Maung advised.

He also said that his department is involved in educating farms and workers about positive animal husbandry practices. In addition, farms that fulfill standards will be awarded certificates.

According to the Myanmar Times, the plan to control drug resistance in local livestock was drafted this year. In tackling this issue, the Veterinary Department will cooperate with the Department of Sports and Health.

Just this month, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department had, in cooperation with the World Organization for Animal Health, held an event in Mandalay, which sought to create awareness of reducing antibiotic use and mitigating resistance among veterinarians, animal food and drug manufacturers, importers and distributors.

- Myanmar Times