Health stakeholders to meet in Mpwapwa

10Jan 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Health stakeholders to meet in Mpwapwa

HEALTH stakeholders will on Saturday meet in Mpwapwa district to discuss rational use of antimicrobials in human and agriculture sector, it has been revealed.

Under the theme, “promotion of rational use of antimicrobials in human and agriculture sector; One Health Spirit.” The meeting will attract among others agricultural students from Mpwapwa Livestock Training centre and also Mpwapwa based Visele Live-Crop Skills Training centre.


The aim of the meeting is to increase understanding of Antimicrobial resistance, to introduce One health concept as important tool in combating Antimicrobial resistance and to promote rational use of antimicrobials in human and Agriculture sector.


The meeting has been organized by the Dodoma based non-governmental organization, Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative, (RBA-INITIATIVE).


Antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health concern worldwide as it occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs to cure or prevent infections, thus the antimicrobials lose their ability to effectively control or kill the microorganisms as would be expected.


Health experts argue that one solution to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance would be to have replacement antimicrobials but as shown by a recent WHO report, there is a serious lack of new antibiotics under development.


“In Tanzania, as in many other countries, the common antimicrobials being prescribed routinely are losing their effectiveness, causing both health and economic burden. The threat of antimicrobial resistance is growing at an alarming rate due partly to unnecessary and excessive use of antimicrobials without prescription and professional advice”. said Erick Venant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) RBA Initiative.


He added that one health approach remain as an important tool in combating antimicrobial resistance, calling for a multi-sectoral approach in tackling the problem.


Antimicrobial resistance has multiple implications such as prolonged and more expensive treatments as well as diminishing therapeutic choices among patients and healthcare providers, deaths, long hospital stays, also it contribute to an increase in the cost of healthcare because of the need for more expensive second or third line antimicrobial agents.


Raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance and promoting behavioural change through public communication programmes that target different audiences in human health, animal health and agricultural practice as well as consumers is critical to tackling antimicrobial resistance.


“We will also sensitize the role of good hand hygiene in tackling drug resistance infections, hand hygiene is inevitable action when addressing antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention, resistant organisms can spread from animals to humans, but also the other way around ;from humans to animals, hand hygiene remains as the cheapest way to prevent the spread of resistant organisms” Pendo Masanja-RBA Initiative coordinator for Infection Prevention Control and Water Sanitation and hygiene(IPC/WASH) who is also an assistant lecturer at University of Dodoma.


“One Health is not merely a concept but the element and an important tool in fighting against antimicrobial resistance since it shows both positive and negative contributions of animal, human and the environment toward the proper use of antimicrobials and how the improper management of antimicrobials use to those three entities of life can lead to antimicrobial resistance” Baritazar Stanley-RBA Initiative One Health Coordinator