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Need more `Smart Vet` professionals in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent || TheAgriculturist

Published: 18:05, 8 January 2021  
Need more `Smart Vet` professionals in Bangladesh

The challenge of protecting livestock on the one hand and the risk of antimicrobial resistance on the other is to ensure a healthy, beautiful, and balanced world for future generations. The responsibilities of veterinary professionals are no less. Therefore, it is very important to change attitudes, acquire knowledge as well as use technology, and acquire skills in effective and quick decision making. We need to make ourselves a 'smart vet', not a traditional vet.

A three-day training workshop was held in Bogura, a northern district of Bangladesh from January 4 to 6 to develop the skills of veterinary professionals with that goal in mind. A total of 16 trainees participated in the workshop, which was jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Department of Livestock. Among them 10 District and Upazila Livestock Officers and 8 Veterinary Officers working in the member organizations of Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC) participated.

Not only discussions on poultry farm life safety, vaccination and responsible use of antibiotics but also dummy demonstrations of its application in the workplace were held at the workshop. The trainees also visited a poultry farm as part of the training.

According to the workshop, many people are using antibiotics for bacterial diseases as well as viral diseases without realizing it. There are allegations that many people are using ‘watch group’ and even ‘reserve group’ antibiotics even though they have specific drugs for specific diseases. Due to which there is a risk of antibiotics as well as antimicrobial resistance.

The expert said, prevention is better than cure. So the best way is to ensure livelihood on the farm. However, in the case of infection, the right decision is to use 'access group drugs' to cure it. Resource persons advised to be very careful in using ‘watch group drugs’ and not to use ‘reserve group drugs’. "The reserve group is the last resort to save lives," they said. If this group of drugs is used irresponsibly, resistance will be created. And if that happens, it will be difficult to save people's lives.

FAO Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Kamrun Nahar, National Technical Advisor (OneHealth Training and Outreach) Mohammad Habibur Rahman, and National Technical Advisor Rahat Ara Karim were present in the workshop as resource person. Assistant Director of the Department of Livestock (Farm) ABM Khaleduzzaman was present at the closing ceremony. 

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