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Kenyan Women Notorious for applying AMR in their Poultry Farms

It has come to light that poultry farms in Kenya are notorious in the use of antimicrobial in rearing chicken.

It is also being observed that more than 60 percent of Kenyan Poultry farms are owned and run by women.

Revolution on the use of antimicrobial resistance has commenced today in Kenya this is after many nations globally commemorate antimicrobial awareness week.  

Various nations including European nations have banned use of antimicrobial growth promoters that considerably decreased use of antimicrobials in food animal production.

For instance, in Sweden the usage stands at 65 percent, Denmark 47 percent, Norway is 40 Percent, while in Finland it is 27 percent. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on the other hand has declared that AMR is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.

According to the recently released data, 60 percent of women in Kenya are involved in Poultry farming that highly use AMR Antimicrobials resistance on their production activities.

That is according to scientists who presented their findings during the special week in commemorating awareness on Microbial resistance.

Dr Angela Makumi a research scientist at the (ILRI) International Livestock Research Institute, poultry products are highly consumed at informal settlement areas in Kenya.

That therefore increases high levels of resistance on antibiotics drugs once patients are diagnosed with bacterial infections diseases.

“If Poultry farmers continue with the current trend of using over the counter antibiotics medication, then this poses a major risk on both the chicks and human immune system by making certain drugs not respond effectively when diagnosed.”

Dr Angela Makumi – ILRI

The current prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in animal bacterial populations is also considerably lower than in some other countries in Europe and Africa.

During the conference other scientists defended use of Antibiotics by saying in the Poultry broiler production.

They argue that the termination has no significant negative effect on animal health and welfare.

Use of Antimicrobial Resistance  was first established and came into use  during early 1910 when many countries, especially in America were struggling to  feed their masses.

On the other hand, Dr Robert Ofwete from Primate Research under Kenya National Museum has called for improvement of Bio Security technology and appealed to medical Practitioners that they should be alert on the ongoing pandemic of resistance of Antibiotics.

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