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Nov 16, 2018

A 1-Health Approach to Avoiding Bacterial Resistance

Joe Myers

According to Drug Inspector Samira Gongora, antibiotic resistance can occur in humans and animals. The long term effect of its misuse can potentially lead to the eradication of the population because it weakens the body’s immune system. Among the presenters today was the registrar for veterinary products, Doctor Joe Myers. Myers gives approval to vets for the importation of animal feeds and antibiotics.  He says World Antimicrobial Awareness Week gives Belize a unique opportunity to become aware of the cross contamination as it relates to micro bacterial resistance.


Dr. Joe Myers, Veterinary Drug and Animal Feed Registrar, BAHA

“The bacteria or the bugs have no barrier, so to speak. So we have adopted the one-health approach which is multisectoral in the effort of not duplicating efforts and economising on cost. We’ve started with public awareness which is very important; sensitization and letting people know the options and the do’s and don’ts. And then secondly and very important as it relates to getting the programme on the road is to having legislation, having legal teeth, to be able to back up what we plan to do. We’ve been having the training or the sensitization in phases. We started with the management team, then we had a forum with the public practitioners. We also had a session with the private veterinarians and now today we have a session with the private medical practitioners—pharmacists and medical doctors.”

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