The Nigeria Center for Disease Control in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FMARD and the Federal Ministry of Environment held activities to commemorate this year’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week.
As part of activities to mark the Week, observed from 12th – 18th, November, 2018, an Antimicrobial Resistance – AMR Awareness Walk was held in Abuja.
The objective of the Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Walk was to sensitize the general public on the dangers of misusing Antibiotics in humans and animals, which often lead to drug-resistance in circulation among humans, animals and the environment.
The Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FMARD in collaboration with relevant organizations in the sector also embarked on the “One- Health approach” sensitization and advocacy to some Vet Clinics in Abuja during World Antibiotics Awareness Week.
The aim of the “One-Health Approach” was to sensitize the general public on the dangers of misusing Antibiotics in humans and in animals. During the sensitization, personnel of the clinics were sensitized on the need for responsible and prudent use of antibiotics and also the need for them to educate their clients on preventive measures against unnecesary use of antibiotics in their animals.
The One-Health team was led on the advocacy by Dr. James Balami, a Deputy Director in the Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FMARD.