“Ignore Unapproved Veterinary Drugs”

Dr Stella Bitanyi, CEO of the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratories Agency (TVLA), made the call here yesterday during a press conference on the current work plan of the agency.

“Use of drugs, especially antibiotics, can also affect humans due to consumption of remnants of these drugs in food,” she said, urging breeders to heed the advice given for control unapproved drugs.

The situation is a major problem facing the world at the moment, she said, noting that TVLA samples of blood from various animals for examination and diagnosis, had shown the presence of immunity against the parasite in their blood.

Since 2017/2018, a total of 163,722 samples from various animals have been received for examination and diagnosed with diseases. Those identified in large numbers are Newcastle Disease, East Coast Fever (ECF), Chicken Pox, Swine Fever, Anthrax, Abortion Disease, Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), Pneumonia goats and sheep and rabies, she said.

TVLA is engaged in the production and distribution of livestock vaccines through the Tanzania Vaccine Institute (TVI) at Kibaha in the coastal region, she said, noting that TVI produces seven vaccines, where its 2021 production /2022 was 65 million doses.

“As vaccines cannot be produced and wait for customers, the factory produces according to market demand. The full vaccine production potential is more than 100 million doses per year,” she said. said, pointing out that the TVLA facility produces heat-resistant vaccines.

More than 10 million people are at risk of losing their lives worldwide due to the consumption of meat from livestock with an unapproved prescription of veterinary drugs that make pathogens resistant and become dangerous to human health, she said. added.

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