De Roy Mabasa
The Philippines, with the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), led an awareness campaign on the responsible use of antibiotics, including antibiotics, especially among veterinarians and practitioners.
Called "iAMResponsible," the campaign marked the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) on November 12-18.
The campaign calls for the use and prescription of antibiotics only when necessary – the right drug, the right dose, the right time, the right path, the right species and the right patient among veterinarians and practitioners.
In a statement, the FAO warned that irresponsible use of antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, could have "catastrophic and costly consequences."
Resistant bacteria can be transferred between animals, humans and the environment.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), added, "makes antibiotics less effective in fighting infections and can lead to increased deaths in humans and animals".
AMR is the ability of bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment, including antibiotics.
Thus AMR is the general term for drug resistance to microbes.
It happens naturally, but abuse and abuse contribute to an increase in the number of AMR cases.
Because of the threat they pose, the UN General Assembly has included AMR as a priority health issue to address, along with reactions to Ebola and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Animal owners are asked to apply good animal husbandry practices and use antibiotics only when prescribed by an authorized veterinarian.
Drug manufacturers, retailers and retailers are also encouraged to ensure that antibiotics have adequate prescriptions before being sold.
Antimicrobial is a pharmaceutical term to describe the drugs used to prevent and treat parasitic, bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
According to FAO Philippines, the project contributed to the implementation of activities related to the national AMR action plan which includes the development and implementation of the AMR surveillance program in the animal health sector; strengthening the capacities of central and regional governmental laboratories with regard to AMR surveillance; supporting the various regional offices and local government units of the Department of Agriculture (AA) in setting up AMR Regional Councils as part of a national AMR network; and awareness on AMR, especially in the food and agriculture sectors.
FAO is currently working with DA, in particular with the Animals Industry Bureau (BAI), in implementing the AMR project.
In 2014, the Philippine Government has established the Inter-Agency Committee for the formulation and implementation of the National Action Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in the Philippines (ICAMR), composed of the DA, the Department of Health, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of the Ministry of Administration and Interior and Commerce and Industry.
The Philippines is one of the first countries to respond to the AMR threat appeal.