Awareness workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance concludes successfully

The AMR workshop was held at Hotel Drukchen
The AMR workshop was held at Hotel Drukchen

August 11-13, Paro: To create awareness amongst all the stakeholders that are responsible for the prudent use of antimicrobials/antibiotics in livestock and human, the national consultative and awareness workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) were held. Forty-three officials from livestock, BAFRA, health, Drug Regulatory Authority, College of Natural Resources, FAO and WHO attended it.

Antimicrobials are essential for protecting animal health and welfare; however its inappropriate use can lead to resistance with serious implications. According to the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), AMR is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that was originally effective for treatment of infections caused by it. Considering the globally increasing incidences of AMR, NCAH as an apex body for animal health activities expresses its concern about the use of antimicrobials in livestock which is widely used to treat animal diseases.

The workshop is the first of its kind in terms of awareness where the relevant stakeholders have joined together to understand and discuss necessary actions for AMR through various presentations related to livestock and human.

According to Dr. NK Thapa from NCAH, the irrational use of prescribed drugs without proper diagnostic can cause the resistance in animals. ‘In poultry and piggery farms, microbial is used to enhance the production like egg and meat which can also develop resistance’, he added. About 60% of the disease causing organisms are from animals, so if the animal have the resistance organisms and proper prevention are not taken, it can easily transmitted to human beings.

Dr. Thapa added that certain resistance was found in the imported chicken. Few organisms were also found in a recently conducted study in milk, but it could not be co- related to the human infection.

The workshop assessed the use of antimicrobials in Bhutan especially in livestock, review the list of widely used livestock related antimicrobials and come up with a plan of actions to monitor the proper use of antimicrobials and prevent the AMR development in the microorganism especially bacteria. Participants also discussed the draft National Antimicrobial Policy which has been developed to guide the stakeholders for one health approach towards combating AMR.

Participants were encouraged not to use antimicrobials unnecessarily. If required, it is important to use the antimicrobials rationally with proper diagnosis and proper guidelines; this will help to preserve the efficacy of the antimicrobials.

Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director General for Livestock Department graced the workshop inauguration who stressed on the importance of rational use of antimicrobials for both animal and human safety. The workshop was organised by NCAH with fund support from WHO.

-ICS

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