AMR Bulletin Volume 1 of MINISTRY OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENT
Welcome to this publication, an important
platform to talk about Antimicrobial
This public health threat is widespread,
but action towards it remains low. It is not surprising
hearing public concerns about drugs not being
effective- and this underlines the magnitude of the
the problem we are talking about. The ineffectiveness of
antimicrobials drive people to shift to other types,
farmers have reached the level of mixing pesticides
and acaricides, but this is not only unscientific but is
also dangerous to live (human and animal) and the
As we talk about AMR in Water and Environment
sector, I implore you to pause and ask yourself Why?
Who? and What next?
The National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations, 2020
define waste as any substance or object which is dumped, abandoned,
discarded or disposed of or intended or required by law to be disposed of.
The Regulations describe waste management as “the activities relating to
the collection, transportation, storage, treatment, and disposal of waste,
including the management of waste at the source and during decommissioning
of waste management facilities”.
On 1 August 2022, Cabinet approved the principles for
the amendment of the Animal Diseases Act Cap 38,
1964 as amended in 2000 and authorized the Minister of
Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to draft
the Bill. The National One Health Platform (NOHP) urges
MAAIF and other actors to expedite the implementation of
this game-changing decision of Cabinet, and to ensure that
the approved principles for amendment of the current law
are used to strengthen the legal framework for the control
and prevention of animal diseases, while addressing the
immediate and long-term safety of human food of animal
origin, which is under threat from the growing problem of
antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
On 17 June 2022, World Trade Organization (WTO) waived patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines, aiming to boost global supply with generic production to address vaccine inequity in developing countries that currently do not have the capacity to produce Covid-19 vaccines.