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Tanzania: Ministry warns against arbitrary use of drugs on livestock

Morogoro — THE Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has issued a stern warning to livestock farmers across the country to stop the arbitrary use of medicines on animals without the advice of veterinarians.

This precaution is aimed at curbing the growing problem of drug-resistant parasites, a major threat both nationally and globally.

Dr Stanford Ndibalema, deputy director of the Ministry’s Department of Veterinary Health Services, issued the warning in the Morogoro region over the weekend, during the closing of a 30-day training session for veterinary medicine specialists from mainland Tanzania. and Zanzibar.

“Parasite drug resistance is currently a national disaster and a global problem,” said Dr Ndibalema.

“There has been a dangerous trend of administering drugs to livestock without prior testing, which has resulted in increased drug resistance.”

The training was sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries as part of the Applied Veterinary Epidemiology In-Service Training Program (ISAVET).

Dr Ndibalema emphasized the need for experts to use their training to educate communities on animal epidemic management and effective monitoring of infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans.

He highlighted that the knowledge imparted during the training must be disseminated among livestock farmers to significantly address drug abuse.

He highlighted that the Prime Minister’s Office campaign, which promotes the concept of One National Health, has identified the arbitrary use of medicines in animal husbandry as a growing threat to animal health.

Dr Ndibalema expressed his gratitude to FAO for its collaboration with the Ministry, particularly in conducting this crucial training.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to FAO for collaborating with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, especially in the livestock and fisheries services departments on the mainland and islands.”

FAO ISAVET Coordinator Dr Moses Ole-Nesele explained the objective of the training to equip public officials with skills to monitor diseases caused by animals.

He noted that timely disease notification and dissemination of information are essential to protect both livestock and society.

“When we want to market meat and milk, we must ensure that our animals are healthy to attract buyers. Neglecting this will deter anyone from buying our products,” warned Dr Ole-Nesele.